How many birds are on your life list?

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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What is a “Spark Bird”? How one bird can change your life!

Do you remember the moment you discovered bird watching?   What did it feel like to know that you could never go back to the way things were?   When I first discovered birding, it felt as though a hidden and secret world had finally been revealed. I couldn’t believe there were so many people just like me, who cared passionately about our feathered friends […]

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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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eBird: The Birding App I Use The Most

Part of the fun of birding is keeping lists. I love trying to see as many species as possible every time I go for a hike, which becomes a game and competition against myself. During any birding excursion, I am constantly aware of how many birds I have seen. Keeping lists of birds is important to almost all birders and we all want to keep […]

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Larkwire Review: The Gamification of Bird Sounds

Learning to identify birds by their songs or sounds can be extremely frustrating!   Seriously, just in my home of state of Ohio there are around 300 species! And most birds have multiple sounds that need to be learned between their different song variations and contacts calls.   Sure, learning a few of the most common species such as Mourning Dove or American Robin is […]

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iBird Pro Review: My FAVORITE Birding App and Field Guide

 When I go birding, I always take a backpack full of anything I might need; water, camera, binoculars, lens wipes, snacks, etc.   I am very aware of what I decide to carry because it will be sitting on my back for a few hours. I am always looking for ways to lighten my load. Light pack = happiness.    Once upon a time in […]

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My 2017 Goals

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. 2017 is approaching and 2016 will soon be in our rear view mirror, just another memory to look back upon.   New Year’s resolutions will be made. The gym will soon be full of people, churches are going to be packed and vegetables will fly off the shelves at the grocery store. Many birding Big Year’s […]

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9 Reasons to Buy the Zeiss Victory Today! (And one reason you shouldn’t)

Bird watching and observing nature is awesome!   Shopping for binoculars is not. 🙁   I think you can agree that it is time consuming and frustrating!   There are so many makes and models, technical details and specifications! There is so much research that needs to be done.   I wanted to help.   The Zeiss Victory SF has a reputation as an amazing […]

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Zeiss Conquest HD Review: The 8 Reasons To Purchase Today! (And the 2 Reasons You Shouldn’t)

I think you will agree that shopping for new bird watching binoculars can be time consuming and over whelming!   There are so many makes and models, technical details and specifications!   It would be nice to have the best features of each binocular condensed into a simple and easy to read list.   Lucky for you!   In this review I am going to […]

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Nikon Monarch 7 Review: 7 Reasons to Buy Today!

So you’re trying to decide if the Nikon Monarch 7 (8×42) deserves to be your next birding binocular?   You have come to the right place!   I did my best to review this amazing optic. After hours of research, testing and speaking with Nikon and authorized dealers, I can honestly say the Nikon Monarch 7 is one of my favorite choices for bird watching […]

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Binocular Review: Nikon Monarch 5

The Nikon Monarch 5 tries to play a game that not many binoculars are successful at.   They attempt to provide an affordable price AND quality image.     So did Nikon succeed?   I am convinced.   After spending some time reviewing the Monarch 5, I think it is one of the best binoculars in its price range (~ under $300) whose image is […]

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Leica Trinovid HD Review: A Premium Binocular at Half the Cost!

When shopping for the perfect binoculars the age old dilemma often presents itself: How do you have your cake and eat it too?   Here is what I mean:   Everyone wants high quality products AND the lowest price possible. Of course, this is mostly an oxymoron. Good AND cheap rarely go together.   Enter the Leica Trinovid HD:      I am convinced that […]

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Welcome!

The goal of Bird Watching HQ is to become a valuable resource guide for bird watchers. Even though I have personally been birding for about 10 years, I still consider myself a beginner. There is so much I don’t know about birds, gear, strategy, etc. In my quest to learn more, I discovered that it was hard to find a birding site that served as […]

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