The Best Bird Watching Apps of 2017

I can’t imagine leaving my smart phone at home when birding! As technology continues to advance, it has become an invaluable tool.   For example, I have bird watching apps for just about everything, including field guides, checklist apps, automatic recognition and even apps that sync with eBird to help find local birds that I haven’t seen yet!   But trying to find apps that […]

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The 19 Best Bird Watching Books to Read This Year

First, let me tell you what is NOT on this list.   Field Guides.   It’s not that I don’t appreciate or like field guides, they are an essential part of any bird watchers library.   But this list of the 19 best bird watching books was created for books that you WANT to read. To make it onto this list, you must actually be […]

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Leica Noctivid Review: The 7 BEST Reasons to Purchase Today

“The best binoculars we’ve ever made.” ~ Leica   Statements like this make you take notice. Especially coming from a company like Leica that has been in business for over 100 years and has built up such a wonderful reputation for their optics.   In August 2016, the Leica Noctivid was introduced and replaced the Leica Ultravid-HD with the honor as the companies best binocular. […]

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The Best Birding Blogs of 2017

Did you know there are now over 1 billion different websites on the internet? Wow!   This has created a problem for me:   I find it extremely difficult to navigate the World Wide Web to find the best bird watching blogs!   It reminds me of trying to find a Common Nighthawk during the day, very challenging!   And let’s be honest, when is […]

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Monthly Update: March 2017

Birds Added to Life List: 8 Total Birds on Life List: 36   Spring is here! Spring is here!   The unpredictable weather from February carried over into March. The beginning of the month came in like a bang with tornado warnings and high winds. Then it snowed. And then the rains came and wouldn’t stop. Of course a few beautiful sunny days were mixed […]

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13 Actionable Bird Watching Tips for Beginners (and a few for everyone!)

So you’ve been bitten by the bird watching bug?   Congratulations! You are one of millions from around the world that consider themselves a bird watcher or birder.   But beginning any new activity, sport or hobby (the debate about what to call bird watching rages) there is an ostrich egg’s size of information to learn and only so much time in a day. I […]

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The 8 Best Bird Watching Binoculars of 2017

Can we agree that shopping for the BEST bird watching binoculars can be extremely frustrating?   There are countless makes and models, all making some pretty big promises. After doing some research, it seemed that more questions arose than answers.   How much should I spend? Am I getting ripped off? Is this the best choice for bird watching? Which brand is the best?   […]

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Monthly Update: February 2017

Birds Added to Life List: 5 Total Birds on Life List: 28   Wow! February brought a crazy month of weather here in Ohio.   It has been extremely warm and included some big shifts in temperature. We had everything from multiple days that reached records highs in the 70’s to the next day having an inch of snow on the ground.   And I […]

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“Spark Bird”

When I first discovered birding, it felt as though a hidden and secret world had finally been revealed. I couldn’t believe that so many people cared passionately about our feathered friends and conserving the wild lands that they lived upon. I compare it to Harry Potter finding out there is a separate universe filled with wizards and he is one of them!   Almost every […]

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Monthly Update: January 2017

Birds Added to Life List: 23 Total Birds on Life List: 23   Welcome to my first Monthly Updates post!   I’m excited to share what I have been up too over the past month. From getting out in the cold winter to look for birds to working every day on Bird Watching HQ, I feel that birds have occupied a huge amount of my […]

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