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Experience the wonder and excitement of watching wild birds!
Suzy shares her observations of local birds in southern England to those seen internationally. Listen to recorded bird walks, interviews, and stories from birdwatchers around the world.
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Podcaster and author Evo Terra spent several years travelling and living in various countries. First becoming interested in the natural world as a child, he retains a sense of wonder when travelling to new locations. During his 9 months in Australia he wrote an article sharing his unique view of the birds he saw, entitled “Australian Birds for Dummies”. This episode Includes spoken excerpts from the article Read the full article here. It has been reproduced with Evo’s permission. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:55 Opening 00:01:45 Introduction 00:02:35 Interview begins Evo Terra on Twitter Podcast Pontifications 00:29:05 Keep in Touch Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com Tell me about your bird sightings 00:29:53 Wrap and Close Spoken excerpts from Evo’s article at: 00:00:00 White ibis 00:08:50 Australian Magpie 00:11:55 Kookaburra 00:30:26 Rainbow Lorikeet Evo’s article reproduced with kind permission here Australian Birds for Dummies   Contact Evo here: Evo Terra on Twitter Podcast Pontifications     The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) 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
Suzy shares the third entry in her series of lockdown birdwatching diaries. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:35 Introduction Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:02:04 Audio Diary begins Red legged Partridge in snow 00:12:55 Share the show 00:13:25 Keep in Touch Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.co Tell me about your bird sightings 00:13:45 Wrap and Close The Casual Birder Podcast website Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) 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
Suzy’s guest is Dr Amir Khan, General Practitioner, best-selling author, Nature enthusiast and Ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts. Amir tells us about the wildlife he sees in his garden, the importance of Nature for our well-being, and about his work as an Ambassador with the Wildlife Trusts, helping young people in inner cities to engage with the natural world. Amir's book is 'The Doctor will See You Know' A note about the interview: I spoke with Amir in September 2020, after we had left controlled lockdowns relating to the Pandemic, and those previous restrictions are spoken of in the past tense. At the time of the release of this episode in February 2021, the U.K. is back in lockdown. A content warning that, relevant to discussion about Amir’s profession as a General Practitioner, there are some references to the death of patients due to the Pandemic.  Time stamps 00:00:57 Introduction 00:03:04 Interview 00:35:30 Dr Amir’s links Amir's Instagram account Amir's Twitter account 00:35:49 Keep in Touch Buy me a virtual coffee Tell me about your bird sightings Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup The Casual Birder Podcast website 00:36:37 Wrap and Close 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
Suzy shares the second in her series of lockdown birdwatching diaries, and gives the result of her Big Garden Birdwatch. Time stamps & Links: 00:00:37 Introduction 00:01:13 Sponsor’s message Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:01:54 Audio Diary begins  00:12:02 Suzy’s Big Garden Birdwatch Results 00:13:46 Keep in Touch Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com Tell me about your bird sightings 00:14:20 Wrap and Close
Jamie Wyver, from the RSPB, tells us about the upcoming Big Garden Birdwatch, an annual survey organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and how we can take part. Full Show notes and Transcripthttps://casualbirder.com/episode85 00:00:35 Introduction YouTube version of interview 00:00:57 Sponsor’s message Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:01:39 The Big Garden Birdwatch 00:02:18 Interview begins Big Garden Birdwatch sign-up 00:16:30 Wildlife Garden tips 00:22:31 Notes on Nature TV Notes on Nature TV 00:23:59 Taking Part in the Birdwatch Big Garden Birdwatch Live 00:24:25 Tell me what you see Email me or send me a voice message 00:24:54 Keep in Touch Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:25:24 Wrap and Close The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) 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 84 I start a series of weekly audio diaries about my Lockdown Birding - sharing what birds I’ve seen and the behaviours observed from my home and the surrounding streets. This episode is brought to you by Casual Birder Weekly, my brand new newsletter. Sign up here: Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter 00:00:35 Introduction 00:01:33 Audio Diary begins 00:02:48 Garden Description 00:06:01 Day 1 5th Jan 00:07:18 Day 2 6th Jan 00:08:26 Day 3 7th Jan 00:10:27 Day 4 8th Jan 00:12:29 Day 5 9th Jan 00:13:36 Day 6 10th Jan 00:14:25 Day 7 11th Jan 00:15:09 Cleaning Feeders 00:16:47 Journalling 00:20:09 Gardening 00:23:41 Keep in Touch Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:24:56 Wrap and Close 00:25:27  Blooper The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) 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 82, Suzy looks back at her best birding memories from 2020 and hears about those of listeners too. She outlines what the beginning of 2021 has in store, with another bout of Lockdown birding. Also, hear about the birds seen during a week-long group birdwatch event for listeners held in December. 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 Time stamps & Links: 00:00:35 Introduction & thanks Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com Casual Birder shop on Redbubble 00:01:20 Suzy's best birding moments of 2020 BirdNet xeno-canto.org 00:10:18 Best birding moments of 2020 from Listeners 00:25:06 Results of the December Group Birdwatch Introduction to eBird 00:27:18 Lockdown 3 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 00:28:29 How you can join in  Contact Suzy 00:30:05 Wrap and Close
Suzy shares her birding moments during the second Lockdown in England in November 2020, including hearing her first nocturnal migration of Redwings. Suzy admits to some photography fails and we hear from Stephanie Seymour in New Jersey, and Mary Chan on Vancouver Island. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:36 Thank you Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com Casual Birder shop on Redbubble 00:02:23 Suzy's Bird observations 00:10:55 Mini Hide 00:13:13 Redwing Migration BirdNet xeno-canto.org Jamie's Redwing video for RSPB My interview at Birdfair - available to watch until end December 2020 All talks at Virtual Birdfair 2020 00:15:18 Suzy's Photography 00:18:08 Other Birding Show Recommendations The Urban Birder Webinars The Birders Show Dan Rouse's new book Great Podcasts about Birds - Podchaser 00:20:49 Listener Stories Stephanie Seymour's episode Stephanie's album: There Are Birds Mary Chan - The Podcasters Guide to a Visible Voice 00:34:52 Wrap and Close  The Casual Birder Podcast website   Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) 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
Danielle Belleny is a wildlife biologist, member of the BlackAFinSTEM collective, and co-founder of Black Birders Week. Danielle tells me about her childhood experiences with Nature, how she became a wildlife biologist and birder, and why putting the spotlight on being Black in Nature is so important for us all. Time stamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:24 Introduction 00:04:07 Interview with Danielle Belling 00:21:28 Closing remarks 00:22:20 Credits Links: Danielle on Twitter Danielle on Instagram Links to the BlackAFinSTEM social accounts BlackAFinSTEM Recommended links for Donation BlackAFinSTEM Recommended links for Education BlackAFinSTEM Recommended links for Showing up Donation Links to individual members of the BlackAFinSTEM collective Additional Anti-racism resources bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/  
In episode 80, I speak with Jocelyn Anderson, photographer and birder. Jocelyn lives in Michigan, and started photographing birds around 4 years ago. Her award-winning bird portraits are absolutely stunning. Jocelyn also films gorgeous slow motion videos of Woodpeckers, Chickadees and Nuthatches taking food from her hand. In our interview, Jocelyn shares tales of the birds she has photographed at her local park in South eastern Michigan, including the fascinating story of a gosling adopted by a Sandhill Crane family. In addition, there are tips on photographing birds, and the benefits of joining local birding groups. Time stamps: 00:02:09 Hand Feeding Birds 00:09:39 Benefits of slow motion photography 00:13:30 Tufted Titmouse 00:19:19 Sandhill Crane family 00:29:13 Why Birds? 00:36:48 Joining local bird groups 00:40:12 Photography Tips 00:45:05 Keep in Touch Links: Jocelyn Anderson Photography Jocelyn's Twitter account Jocelyn's Instagram account Jocelyn's posts about the Sandhill Crane Family and the Gosling Audubon's Guide to Ethical Bird Photography Audubon article about the Sandhill Cranes ------- The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.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 www.dronesmusic.net  
Tony Testa, Host of the Finding Subjects podcast, takes us on a wonderful bird walk through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, in Philadelphia, USA. Suzy tells us more about some of birds seen on the walk. Red-winged Blackbird, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler and Northern Cardinal. Also Suzy gives us an update on the Global Bird Weekend, tells us about her recent bird sightings, and provides some advice for feeding garden birds. Note: Free access to the Virtual Birdfair talks and lectures has been extended until the end of December. Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) 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 Time stamps: 00:00:51 Global Bird Weekend Update 00:03:12 Tony Testa Bird Walk 00:13:30 Bird descriptions from the walk 00:18:45 Suzy’s Bird Notes 00:20:50 BirdFeeder tips 00:23:29 Birdfair talks are free 00:24:02 Your bird sightings 00:25:40 Keep in Touch Birds mentioned in Tony’s walk: Red-winged Blackbird Yellow Warbler Northern Cardinal Northern Mockingbird Osprey Song Sparrow American Robin Black-capped Chickadee Gray Catbird Barn Swallows Woodpecker Baltimore Oriole Find out more at allaboutbirds.com Links: John Heinz Refuge Finding Subjects (Tony Testa's podcast) Global Bird Weekend eBird: October Big Day 2020: a global birding phenomenon BTO Guide to feeding birds. BTO Bird health advice Virtual Birdfair Lectures The Casual Birder Podcast website    
On October 17th and 18th 2020, the inaugural Global Bird Weekend will be held. Co-founder Tim Appleton MBE tells me how this event will bring together birdwatchers from over 100 countries, encouraging people of all levels of experience to watch and listen to their local birds. It is hoped that the event will break records for the largest number of people participating, and the largest number of species recorded, in one birdwatching event. You can take part too - visit https://globalbirding.org/ for details. The Casual Birder Podcast Team will also be taking part, and is raising funds for BirdLife International You can help us by visiting our page and donating or sharing the link  Https//www.justgiving.com/fundraising/casual-Birder-podcast Chapters: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:34 Interview with Tim Appleton MBE 00:15:43 The Casual Birder Podcast Team
In episode 77, I share my thoughts on the Virtual Birdfair, give an update on my garden birds, and tell you about my summer bird walks. Plus, there’s exciting news about a group eBird account for The Casual Birder Podcast and I invite you to participate in the upcoming Global Bird Weekend Time stamps: 00:00:54 Virtual Birdfair 00:04:53 Group eBird Account 00:08:16 Global Bird Weekend 00:10:03 Suzy’s Bird Notes 00:14:50 Hanging with Hedgehogs 00:16:59 Lesser Black-backed Gull Drama 00:20:25 Rook and Magpie Story 00:24:10 Bird Walks 00:32:45 Your sightings 00:40:45 Keep in Touch 00:42:44 Last Call Links: Virtual Birdfair My interview at Birdfair - available to watch until November 2020 Women Only Birding Facebook Group SWAROVSKI OPTIK Nature YouTube channel : Birding Live on Location Playlist Introduction to eBird Global Bird Weekend Contributions from: Jason from The Jazz Session told us about his nesting Hummingbirds.  Jason's podcast: The Jazz Session Jason mentioned the Varmints podcast episode I was on, about Hummingbirds. You can find it here: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/varmints-230694/episodes/hummingbirds-29820337 Faraaz Abdool sent us recordings of his Dawn Chorus in Trinidad Check out Faraaz's website: Faraaz Abdool website Birds heard in the recordings by Faraaz: Carib Grackle Palm Tanager Green-rumped Parrotlets Ruddy Ground Doves Grayish Saltator Spectacled Thrush Bananaquit Red-eyed Vireo, Orange-winged Parrots, Forest Elaenia, Grey-fronted Dove, and Tropical Kingbird ____________   The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) 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 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
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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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