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Experience the wonder and excitement of watching wild birds!
Suzy shares her observations, interviews and bird walks with guests, and stories from listeners around the world.
Featured birds are primarily from the UK, Europe and North America.

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For my birthday this year, I treated myself to a day of birdwatching in my garden. Join me as I record my sightings for the #BreakfastBirdwatch. Also, hear about the recent birds seen by listeners around the world, including a contribution from Florida by Varmints! podcast. And news of Women Birders (Happy Hour), a new podcast by Hannah from Hannah and Erik Go Birding Birds that visited, flew over or were heard during the birdwatch: Woodpigeon Collared Dove Herring Gull Grey Heron Red Kite Rook Blue Tit Chiffchaff Starling Blackbird Robin House Sparrow Chaffinch Greenfinch Goldfinch Contributions from: Varmints! Podcast Women Birders (Happy Hour)   Information on Feeding Garden BIrds during the summer: UK:  RSPB And this USA: Audubon Australia: Birds in backyards For more about the birds mentioned in this episode, with videos and sound clips, visit RSPB Bird Guides _______ The Casual Birder Podcast website https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on: Twitter Instagram or join the Facebook group   You can also follow me on Podchaser and leave a review if you enjoy the show.   Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
In March 2020 life has suddenly changed for all of us. The COVID-19 Pandemic has meant the closure of parks and reserves, self-isolation and social distancing.   The first part of this episode talks about some of the things we can do to stay in touch with nature with ideas for those who might be casual birding for the first time. If you want to avoid hearing about the current crisis, please jump to 11:30 to hear about our regular casual birding sightings. And the Last Call segment this week features dawn songs from my suburban garden. _________ Links: Latest advice on COVID-19 World Health Organisation RSPB Guide to Birdwatching Bird Academy The Cornell Lab All About Birds article about online resources Lev Parikian: Bird Song project Champions of the Flyway Hannah and Erik Go Birding Podcast and Global Women’s Big Day Vibrant Visionaries Tea and Strumpets Dan Rouse Webcams https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/peregrine-cam https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/loch-garten/live-video-webcam/ For more about the birds mentioned in this episode, with videos and sound clips, visit the RSPB Bird guides: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/   The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/   Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on: Twitter Instagram or join the Facebook group   You can also follow me on Podchaser and leave a review if you enjoy the show.   Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net        
In episode 74, we hear from Euan Buchan, The Edinburgh Birdwatcher, about the anniversary of his first birdwatching day 18  years ago, what he has seen recently on his birding trips, and his tips for those beginning birdwatching.   Links: The Edinburgh Birdwatcher Euan’s first interview on the show: Episode 48 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher   Twitter handle of the Waxwings monitors: @WaxwingsUK Shout outs to: Strange Animals Podcast Hannah and Erik Go Birding UK Wildlife Podcast Champions of the Flyway   For more about the birds mentioned in this episode, with videos and sound clips, visit  RSPB Bird Guides ______________________________ The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on: Podchaser - leave a review! Twitter Instagram or join the Facebook group Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website
In episode 73, I look back to the Big Garden Birdwatch of 2020, recalling my sightings on the survey day, and we hear about the birds you saw. 
Featuring contributions from Euan, The Edinburgh Birdwatcher & Rachael, host of Hidden Wings and Bloodlust podcast. Also Hannah, from Hannah and Erik Go Birding Podcast tells us about the conservation efforts of the Champions of the Flyway event. Links: Champions of the Flyway Hannah and Erik go Birding The Edinburgh Birdwatcher Hidden Wings and Blood Lust Podcast Big Garden Birdwatch BTO Garden Birdwatch For more about the birds mentioned in this episode, with videos and sound clips, visit RSPB Bird guides Follow me on Podchaser and check out the other shows I have been on. If you enjoy the show, consider leaving a review on podchaser.com Suzy on Podchaser __________________________ The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on: Twitter Instagram Facebook group Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Ornithologist and conservationist Dan Rouse joins me for a walk on Rhossili Headland, on the Gower Peninsula, Wales. A well-respected birder and wildlife educator, Dan tells me how she became interested in birds at a young age, and how her advocacy for conservation of Welsh wildlife has led to tv and radio appearances. During the walk, Dan helps me identify the differences between Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, Cormorants and Shags, and Common Gulls and Herring Gulls. Links: Dan's Website Dan's Twitter Account Dan's Instagram Account Birds seen on the walk: Herring Gull Common Gull Shag  Fulmar Jackdaw Carrion Crow Meadow Pipit Kestrel Red-throated Diver Dunnock Linnet Great Black-backed Gull To find our more about the Rhossili Headland, visit National Trust For more about the birds mentioned in this episode, with videos and sound clips, visit the RSPB Bird guides: RSPB Bird Guide The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Twitter Instagram or join the Facebook Group If you enjoy the show, consider leaving a review on podchaser.com Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at dronesmusic.net
In this bonus mini episode, listeners share their observations of their last birds of 2019 and first birds of 2020.   The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (it's free!) Casual Birder Website Follow me on - Twitter   Instagram  Podchaser or join the Facebook Group Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at The Drones
In episode 70, I take a look back on the casual birding moments that filled me with joy during 2019. Listeners share their favourite birding moments too. Episodes from 2019 that are referred to: #59 Mark Carwardine Watching whales in Baja California http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/59-mark-carwardine-watching-whales-in-baja-california #61 Backyard birds of Baja California http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/61-backyard-birds-in-baja-california #64 Mark Gagliardi Bird Walk at Lake Arrowhead http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/mark-gagliardi-bird-walk-at-lake-arrowhead #67 IPM2019 San Diego Bird Walk http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/67-ipm2019-san-diego-bird-walk #68 Isle of Wight bird walk with Keiron Lee Vine http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/isle-of-wight-bird-walk-with-keiron-lee-vine #69 Stephanie Seymour There Are Birds http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/stephanie-seymour-there-are-birds     Keiron Lee Vine’s book, Birding Moments - Haiku from the Coast is available from: https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/9883253-birding-moments   Stephanie Seymour’s album There Are Birds is available from: http://www.therearebirds.com/   Sign up for the Big Garden Birdwatch, 25-27 January 2020 https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/   The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (it's free!) Casual Birder Website Follow me on - Twitter   Instagram  Podchaser or join the Facebook Group Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at The Drones
I speak with Stephanie Seymour, a singer/songwriter who is also a passionate birder. Stephanie recently released an album of her songs, all featuring birds, with titles such as Blue Jay, Ruby Crowned Kinglet and Veery. She tells me where she got her inspiration for the album, and all about the birds she sees from her back yard in New Jersey. Buy There Are Birds and find out more about Stephanie From our conversation - further information on the Winter Wren (Widescreen image: thanks to  Bob Perry for the original photograph) Find out more about the  Audubon Christmas Bird Count and RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch   The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Casual Birder Website Follow me on - Twitter   Instagram  Podchaser or join the Facebook Group Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at The Drones  
The Casual Birder Podcast is 2 years old! To celebrate, we took a weekend break to the Isle of Wight to watch birds. Keiron Lee Vine, a keen birder and member of the show's Facebook Group, joined me for a bird walk at RSPB Brading Marshes. The weather was stormy, but we had a great time and saw lots of birds.   Follow Keiron on Instagram Follow Keiron on Facebook And do check out Keiron’s art for sale For more information about the Isle of Wight, visit  the Official Tourism Site   The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) New website! www.CasualBirder.com Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/CasualBirderPodcast Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net  
For this special episode for International Podcast Month, join me for a morning stroll around the streets of La Jolla in San Diego, California to discover what birds local residents can see. List of birds seen: Northern Mockingbird Song Sparrow Yellow-rumped Warbler Anna’s Hummingbird Rufous or Allen’s Hummingbird House Sparrow European Starling Collared Dove Mourning Dove American Crow Red-tailed Hawk Caspian Tern Herring gull Western Gull California Towhee Brown Pelican Links: Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/ Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short-Sleeved Shirt by The Drones, used with permission. www.dronesmusic.net Visit International Podcast Month to see all the podcasts, blog posts and interviews released in September 2019.
Even casual birding can turn up surprises. Suzy spends some time looking at the birds in a small London square. And is delighted when a Chiffchaff appears in her garden one day, along with a mixed flock of small birds.   Going to the London Podcast Festival? Suzy is co-hosting a session there for the Podcast Maker Weekend, along with Sam and Louise from the 90 Minutes or Less Film Fest podcast (@90minfilmfest). The session is about Passion Podcasts and Fan Shows. Buy tickets at Podcast Maker Weekend   Suzy is supporting International Podcast Month - do take a listen to the awesome shows being released each day. Find details at @podmonth on Twitter or International Podcast Month.com   The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/ Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
More casual birding this week as I sit in my suburban garden in southern England and describe the birds that visit. The promo is from False Starts Pod. Follow them on Twitter @FalseStartsPod Birds that visited, or flew over, my garden during the recording of this episode: Dunnock, Rook, Collared Dove, House Sparrow, European Starling, Wood Pigeon, Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Swifts, Greenfinch, Red Kite. Contributions from: False Starts Podcast Links mentioned: Feeding birds in Summer http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/284908-feeding-birds-in-summer-mythbusting https://www.allaboutbirds.org/safe-summer-bird-feeding-qa-with-david-bonter/ To find out more about the birds mentioned this week, and to see videos and hear sound clips, visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/ The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/ Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net  
Actor and podcaster Mark Gagliardi joins me in Lake Arrowhead, California, for his first bird walk. Will it live up to his expectations? Will we see any birds? Listen and find out!   Shows mentioned: We Got This! with Mark and Hal Mark's podcast: Pod & Treasure Follow Mark on Twitter - @MarkGags Maximum Fun website ______________ Birds of Southern California: A Guide to Common & Notable Species (Quick Reference Guides) Learn more: Bird guide link To find out more about the birds mentioned this week, and to see videos and hear sound clips, visit allaboutbirds.org  ______________  The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: @CasualBirderPod Instagram: @CasualBirderPodcast or join the Facebook group at Facebook Group   Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at Drones Music
Amy Chillag is a writer and producer for CNN Special Projects. She is also a casual birdwatcher. She tells me about the joy she feels at seeing the birds that visit her backyard in Atlanta, Georgia, and the article she wrote about the power of birdwatching for peace of mind: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/12/health/sw-birding-for-health/index.html   Don't miss an episode: subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/   Thanks to: Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show The Drones for letting me use 'Short Sleeved Shirt' as my theme music. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Suzy has lost her voice! Heather from Sunshine and Powercuts Podcast has kindly stepped in to provide an introduction to this bonus episode. Twice a year, in March and August, Heather hosts the Sunshine Summit, a week of live-streams to recognise and celebrate connections and bring people together from around the world. In August 2018 Heather spoke with Suzy about The Casual Birder Podcast and about Suzy's love of podcasts. This is a lightly edited version of the interview. Do check out the full video of this livestream here: Livestream Video Follow Heather here: www.twitter.com/SunPowerPod www.instagram.com/sunpowerpod www.facebook.com/sunshineandpowercuts www.geeksrising.com  
Recorded in the garden of our vacation rental in Baja California, Mexico. The casita had a mature garden, and 13 bird species visited during our first full day there. Birds mentioned this episode: Orange-crowned Warbler Hooded Oriole Cactus Wren Turkey Vultures Common Raven Gila Woodpecker White-winged Dove House Sparrow Californian Scrub Jay Northern Cardinal Lesser Goldfinch House Finch Northern Mockingbird   Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/   Thanks to: Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The Drones for letting me use 'Short Sleeved Shirt' as my theme music. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net  
Birder Jeremy Schwartz, and his colleague Jeff Morgenroth, have created the Backyard Birding card game that is not only fun to play, but will teach people about the birds they might see in the Pacific Northwest where they live. Visit www.BackyardBirdingGame.com to see videos of gameplay and read the blog posts.   Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/   Thanks to: Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The Drones for letting me use 'Short Sleeved Shirt' as my theme music. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net  
Mark Carwardine is a conservationist, broadcaster and wildlife photographer. He is also a whale expert and leads wildlife tours around the world. I was recently on one of those tours, in Baja California. I spoke with Mark about the wildlife we saw and his conservation work. Mark’s website can be found at https://www.markcarwardine.com/   Whales and Dolphins seen on the whale-watching tour (in order seen): Common Dolphin Gray Whale Fin Whale Pacific White-Sided Dolphin Bottlenose Dolphin Blue Whale Humpback Whale Sperm Whale Peruvian Beaked Whale Dwarf Sperm Whale     Birds seen on the whale-watching tour (in order seen): 1. BROWN PELICAN 2. WESTERN GULL 3. SNOWY EGRET 4. GREAT BLUE HERON 5. GREAT EGRET 6. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON 7. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 8. BLACK OYSTERCATCHER 9. BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER 10. PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER 11. BRANDT'S CORMORANT 12. SONG SPARROW 13. LINCOLN'S SPARROW 14. SWAINSON'S THRUSH 15. OSPREY 16. RAVEN 17. HEERMANN'S GULL 18. COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD 19. SURF SCOTER 20. TURKEY VULTURE 21. CASPIAN TERN 22. ROYAL TERN 23. REDDISH EGRET 24. POMARINE SKUA 25. WHITE IBIS 26. LONG-BILLED CURLEW 27. SANDERLING 28. RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD 29. MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD 30. BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY 31. BROWN BOOBY 32. XANTUS'S MURRELET 33. MASKED BOOBY 34. WHITE-THROATED SWIFT 35. YELLOW-FOOTED GULL 36. NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD 37. EARED GREBE 38. VERDIN 39. ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER 40. GILA WOODPECKER 41. LADDERBACKED WOODPECKER 42. WHITE-WINGED DOVE 43. NORTHERN CARDINAL 44. BLACK-THROATED SPARROW 45. HOUSE FINCH 46. CACTUS WREN 47. BLACK STORM PETREL 48. ELEGANT TERN 49. PELAGIC CORMORANT 50. HOUSE SPARROW     The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/   Thanks to: Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The Drones for letting me use 'Short Sleeved Shirt' as my theme music. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net  
Dusty Gedge has been an avid birdwatcher since childhood. Find out how the Black Redstart changed the course of his professional life … and hear his birding anecdotes!   The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/   Additional material Dusty’s web site: https://dustygedge.co.uk/ Green Roof advice for individuals: https://greenrooftraining.com/ European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations https://efb-greenroof.eu/about-us/ Open Square weekend http://www.opensquares.org/2019/home/index.php
#57: Common Swift

#57: Common Swift

2019-02-1129:40

The Common Swift is in decline. Jamie Wyver of the RSPB tells us how we can help this awesome little bird. Also, as the RSPB celebrates its 130th Anniversary, Jamie tells us more about the conservation work that it does.   Bird Described: Common Swift   Previous episodes mentioned: Big Blind Walk at: bit.ly/CasualBirder25 And find Jamie’s interview about the Big Garden Birdwatch at bit.ly/CasualBirder11   Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasualBirderPod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casualbirderpodcast/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CasualBirderPodcast/   Thanks to: Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The Drones for letting me use 'Short Sleeved Shirt' as my theme music. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net   Additional material   Link for Swift nest boxes: https://shopping.rspb.org.uk/garden-bird-nest-boxes/rspb-swift-nest-box.html?ClickType=Image&ListType=&ListName=&Position=22   Link for garden projects - Swift box: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/createahighhomeforswifts/   Swift FactSheet from the RSPB: https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/documents/conservation--sustainability/help-swifts/amazing-swift-facts.pdf   For in-depth information about Swifts, do also visit: https://www.swift-conservation.org/   Contributions from: Kate from Strange Animals Podcast    Suzy’s Garden 2019 List (as at 10th Feb 2019) Blackbird Redwing Blue Tit Chaffinch Collared Dove Dunnock Great Tit Greenfinch House Sparrow Magpie Red-Legged Partridge Robin Starling Wood Pigeon Rook Goldfinch Sparrowhawk
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Anna Wilson

an interesting episode. more so because a few weeks ago I spotted a small bird that had a similar discription to the chiffchaff visit you had in your garden. I thought it was goldcrest but it wasn't small enough. chiffchaff is a high possibility. thanks for making the episode

Nov 9th
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Anna Wilson

Excellent podcasts, bursting with information and observations of our wild birds

Feb 20th
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