Best Birds podcasts — Nature watching and pet life (Updated December 2018; image)
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Nature's Voice
Love nature? You'll love Nature's Voice. Each month we'll bring you features, interviews and news of birds and wildlife, from back gardens to the Sumatran rainforest. If you can't get enough, try dipping into our back catalogue. We'll take you soaring
BirdNote strives to transport listeners out of the daily grind and into the natural world with outstanding audio programming and online content. The stories we tell are rich in sound, imagery, and information, connecting the ways and needs of birds to the lives of listeners. We inspire people to listen, look, and exclaim, “Oh, that’s what that is!”
The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.
Talkin' Birds
Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds is a call-in show of entertaining conversation about wild birds -- attracting them to your back yard, identifying them, feeding them, and learning more about them along the way. Every week, we have contests for prizes like bird feeders and other great bird-related stuff, along with expert guests. So, whether you're an experienced birder, or you're new to birding, listen in, and be part of the show by calling in with a question, sharing some information or observatio ...
Join Bill Thompson, III, and Ben Lizdas from Bird Watcher’s Digest for their light-hearted and humorous podcast, Out There With the Birds, where they discuss the latest news, trends, and anecdotes about wild birds and the bird watchers who enjoy them. Listen in to find out just how wonderful and weird the world of birding can be when you’re Out There With the Birds.
"For the Birds" began airing on KUMD in Duluth, MN, in May, 1986, and is the longest continually-running radio program about birds in the U.S. Hundreds more episodes are available for free at
What happens when you give birds beer and tell them to talk? Basically this!Every week we discuss avians both in regards to the furry fandom and express our love for real birds!
Dove Step
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In the boreal forest, winter temperatures routinely drop to 30 degrees below zero. Birds that spend the winter in this harsh domain rely on remarkable adaptations to survive. The Spruce Grouse is one such bird. Most Spruce Grouse remain here all year.By (Tune In to
The ancient Greeks and Egyptians described a mythical bird called the Phoenix, a magnificent creature that was a symbol of renewal and rebirth. According to legend, each Phoenix lived for 500 years, and only one Phoenix lived at a time.By (Tune In to
Evening Grosbeaks good news and fascinating facts; the joys of window feeders; and “The chickadee of the duck world” — all on our latest show.
Dove Step - the podcast 010Feat. @mattadamw @birdbrainuk @sconebirding @YoloBirder and Dr Tony Morris and Mr @Guy_QA_Anderson of the RSPB. The sober one - pure podcast fire with some of your favourite guests from episodes 001 - 009. Contains swears - skip to around the one hour mark if you just came for the RSPB interviews (and less swears).Che ...…
The flocking movements of homing pigeons are governed by a pecking order. Higher-ranked birds have more influence over how the flock moves. Leading birds change directions first, and followers swiftly copy the leader's movements.By (Tune In to
The males and females of many bird species, like these Blue Jays, look identical. And crows, which at least to our eyes, are all the same color and size. But even if we can’t tell male from female, the birds can.By (Tune In to
The shallow waters and wide mudflats of the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary are alive with thousands of gulls, terns, and shorebirds. American Avocets are often among the most abundant birds on the flats, with 5,000 or more here most winters. The avocets have sensitive bills that curve upward.By (Tune In to
Birds are everywhere. They are in your movies and TV shows, on your sports team logos, even in your Google Street View. There is no shortage of ways that your interest in birds can manifest itself beyond time in the field. Maybe no one knows that better than Nick Lund. Nick is The Birdist on his own blog of that name and on social media, a freq ...…
When small family farms gave way to large, industrial agricultural operations, the Snow Geese followed. Waste grain left over from harvests has allowed Snow Goose populations to jump. Now, there are so many Snow Geese they degrade their Arctic summer habitat, threatening other birds.By (Tune In to
Driving the freeway or a narrow country road, you may glance up at a light pole where a large hawk sits in plain view. If it's brown and somewhat mottled, and its small head and short tail make it appear football-shaped, it's probably a Red-tailed Hawk.By (Tune In to
Rats are suddenly appearing on Peabody Street.
Surf Scoters are large colorful sea ducks. The male Surf Scoter’s huge red-orange bill with its white and black spots really stands out. It is a great tool for eating hard-shelled mollusks like clams and mussels. Surf Scoters spend the winter along the coastlines of North America.By (Tune In to
Early this fall, the tiny Wilson's Warbler began its long migration to Belize, where it winters. Navigating by the stars, the 1/4-ounce bird made a series of night flights spanning more than 2500 miles. This warbler returns to the same coffee plantation each year.By (Tune In to
On Saturday, Laura's mother-in-law, who gave Laura her first pair of binoculars, passed away.
We meet the “Blue Canary,” we visit the Science Corner, and we hear some amazing stuff about swifts from Mike O’Connor as we revisit a favorite show from late September.
Hummingbirds such as this Buff-tailed Sicklebill specialize in nectar feeding. But other species of birds, less specialized to nectar, also visit flowers for a taste of the sweet stuff. The flowers they visit likely have a more open shape, with nectar more accessible to a non-specialist’s bill.By (Tune In to
Favorite holiday gifts given and received is a major topic of this episode and among those gifts mentioned are a hockey stick, a mink coat, ten-speed bikes, and a vintage saucepan. Ben's nightmare Christmas Bird Count experience and Bill's Disney World surprise stories take center stage. Also mentioned are a conspiracy theory about wild birds, ...…
Laura's female Pileated Woodpecker, the one attacked by a Sharp-shinned Hawk last week, returned on Saturday, much to the relief of a lot of people.
Talkin’ Birds Senior Producer Debbie Blicher spent a week at Hog Island Audubon Camp exploring different kinds of bird science. Here’s what it sounded like and how you can go, too.
A California city helps reduce bird birding collisions; Mike offers some respect for the Song Sparrow; our Debbie Blicher reports on her hands-on bird science experience; and a Texas township promotes the “Three R’s” (recycling, reusing, and reducing waste) — all on our latest show.
House sparrows have made their homes close to human habitation for centuries but since the 1970s their numbers have plummeted by 60 per cent and the decline is particularly noticeable in our towns and cities. Why is this happening? On this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets Dr Will Peach, head of research delivery at the RSPB to look ...…
Laura's long ago close encounter with a raven still leaves her gobsmacked.
We're getting to the end of the year and it's time for a look back at the best bird books published in 2018. Once again, 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman joins me to talk about our favorites. Donna and I each share our Top 5, including field guides, family specific guides, and narratives from well-known authors and publishers. Thanks t ...…
When a hawk started attacking Laura's female Pileated Woodpecker, Laura took sides.
How the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks became bird-friendly; the #1 bird in American backyards; and, is it a bird…or a cowboy boot? — all on our latest show.
Episode 009 - Mr Charlie MooresFeat. @charliemoores @birdbrainuk @YoloBirder and shoutouts to @WildVoicesProj and @DEBALMER The inebriated one - pure podcast fire with the David Attenborough of natural world podcasting; Mr Charlie Moores.Check out; check out; ...…
Pileated Woodpeckers have featured in several of "Laura's Best Bird EVER!" accounts. And just yesterday a new one made the cut. If you're playing this on the air, tell listeners that all the photos mentioned are shown on [today's blog post](…
Discovering a tribrid warbler(!); monitoring Golden Eagles in the Rockies; and keeping hawks away from your feeder birds — all on our latest show.
Laura has been corresponding with a longstanding listener, hearing about her delightful bird-appreciating children.
Back to the North from points farther south, the fellows chat throughout a winter-themed episode about such topics as suet feeding, birding in Texas and Colombia, weather and birds, winter clothing, acclimatization, fogging optics, and Ben's new-found love of silk long johns. Bill recounts a traumatic first grade incident involving yellow snow, ...…
One of the more exciting aspects of birding and birding science in the 21st Century has been the reveal of a great many secrets of bird movements and migration, much of it the result of technology. Increasingly small trackers that are fitted to various bird species enable scientists, and those of us on the sidelines, to follow along, sometimes ...…
For one brief, shining moment, a wild bird made Laura Erickson feel like she was in the middle of a Disney fairy tale.
Laura loved Walt Disney's *Sleeping Beauty* as a child, but real life is better than even the prettiest fairy tale.
What's so special about being 67? And is the answer the same if you're a human rather than an albatross?
Episode 008 - Miss Sam Lee (again) and Mr Ed WaterstonFeaturing @YoloBirder @marcbuzzard @Sammers_Lee @sconebirding and Mr @EdWaterstonLearn more about Operation Turtle Dove here; www.operationturtledove.orgDon’t forget Turtle Doves and please don’t forget Dove Step!
Winter finches in the lower 48; the beautiful Sea Mouse; birding guru David Clapp; and hats full of potatoes — all on our latest show.
Birdlife is changing in Laura's yard, and suddenly there's a goshawk hanging around.
Laura is thrilled about a Mandarin Duck that appeared last month in New York City and is still swimming in the Pond in Central Park.
The intrepid Snow Bunting; good news for Michigan Chimney Swifts; shocking news from the World Wildlife Fund; and a new discovery that strengthens the link between modern birds and dinosaurs — all on our latest show.
With the guys poised to head off to far-flung birding destinations, Ben asks Bill for advice on his backyard bird feeding efforts. Bill, who is the Guy Fieri of Bird Feeding, dishes the knowledge on mixed seed, suet, peanuts, and the best foods for feeding birds. They discuss the never-ending battle with feeder marauding squirrels. Ben also ask ...…
It’s the dream of many birders, to travel the US and Canada by car for one entire year, taking in as much of the continent’s birds as you can along the way. It is the reality of Marc Kramer and Eliana Ardila Ardila, the Birding by Bus duo. They’ve spend the whole of 2018 crossing the country in their Volkswagen Westfalia and documenting the who ...…
When our country is facing environmental and social disasters, Laura always thinks of Mr. Rogers. Today she's also thinking about Captain Sully Sullenberger and the meaning of leadership. This radio program includes political content. If listeners object, I would love to hear exactly what their specific arguments are. To sin by silence when one ...…
Episode 007 - Miss Sam LeeFeaturing @Sammers_Lee @SaveTurtleDoves @YoloBirder and Mr Blyth's @JonnyBirderLearn more about Operation Turtle Dove here; Don’t forget Turtle Doves and please don’t forget Dove Step!
Every autumn starling numbers in the UK are bolstered by hundreds of thousands of birds migrating here from Northern Europe, Russia and the Ukraine to escape harsh winter weather. As they come in to roost at dusk they gather in huge flocks creating spectacular ‘sky art’ - a natural wonder of the season. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Ma ...…
The bird that inspired a birding legend; saving birds from building crashes; the world’s first bird-friendly sports arena; and the clever Corvus corax — all on our latest show (#700!)
Laura saw a cool vagrant this week, a Lark Bunting.
Laura's Yellow-rumped Warblers have finally departed, leaving her wondering how their migration timing relates to leaf color changes and when leaves fall from the trees.
On our latest show: help for some Chimney Swifts; waiting for Pine Siskins; respect for the Blue Jay; and a restaurant named Chickadee.
Joining us today is Juko Gryphon and Torch the Plasma Dra… Drag… Uh… Derg. We discuss in depth what makes a good movie and what makes a bad movie, and list off a few of our favorites on both sides.
For many of us, birding is about community, and for retaining people in the hobby finding a group of people you like to bird with is as important as that first pair of binoculars or a field guide. Molly Adams of Brooklyn, New York, knows this more than most. In 2016 she founded the Feminist Bird Club, an inclusive bird watching club dedicated t ...…
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