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Author: Suzy Buttress

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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.
Featured birds are primarily from the UK, Europe and North America.
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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
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  
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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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