Bino Chest Pack

Binocular Chest pouch

Birding Field Essentials What are the essentials that one takes out in the field? Most birders would like to believe it’s just their binoculars and that’s it. Unfortunately, there’s a whole host of things that want to interfere with our enjoyment of the outdoors including mosquitos, poison ivy, and basic needs like hydration. Then there are books, cameras, journals, and … Read More

How To Get Shots of Shorebirds

Digiscoping for Shorebirds

Shorebirds seem to be a dividing factor for many in the birding community. Some people see the above birds as a meaningful pursuits, while others see them as birds they will never understand and would rather pretend they didn’t exist. I fell into the latter category for years. And then I met a guy named Doug Buri from South Dakota … Read More

Fun With Bird Videos

Spotting a Cuban Tody with a digiscope

Some Birds are Hard to Photograph Let’s face it; some birds are hard to photograph. Either they move around too much, or they are in low light, and you can’t get the exposure settings to cooperate on your phone that’s when it’s time to switch to video. I’m a big fan of using video on your smartphone. You can use … Read More

Blizzard Birding

Sharp tail grouse digiscope

It’s April. It’s Year of the Bird. I made so many plans to really enjoy the birds in my home state this spring. Normally in spring, I’m gone almost the whole season enjoying migratory birds in other states or countries. This was my year to bird the crap out of Minnesota! And April in Minnesota did what April does sometimes. … Read More

Black-tailed Godwit – Pedrickton Marsh, New Jersey

Birding black tailed Godwit

Drop-everything Bird: A bird whose presence within a few hour radius of your location compels you to immediately drop everything and GO. Black-tailed Godwit version. The Most Recent Drop-everything Bird I have a lot of “drop-everything birds” that I’ve always wanted to see, especially in the Philly region: Barn Owl, Painted Bunting, Harlequin Duck, Roseate Spoonbill. But some of the … Read More

Frogs That Sound Like Birds

Chorus frog

When I was a kid, frogs and toads would trip me up all the time–especially spring peepers. Heck, even as a young adult I was fooled into thinking some frog calls were birds. My first time birding in Minneapolis, I headed to a city park known as T.S. Roberts Bird Sanctuary. I heard several creatures making the strangest sound I’d … Read More

Cape Coral Burrowing Owls

Burrowing Owl

Oh Florida, how I love you so with your super chill birds, especially your burrowing owls in Cape Coral. One of the cool things about visiting Florida is how relaxed all the birds appear to be. If you love taking pictures of birds, it’s great. A person can get very close to your subjects and they are not alarmed. Since … Read More

Fun With Photo Apps

Great Gray Owl photo editing app

Years ago when I was digiscoping with a single lens reflex camera, I went to take a picture of a northern saw-whet owl. The bird was hanging out in a Minneapolis backyard and the homeowner welcomed people who wanted to stop by. My husband who is a non-birder came with me to the yard because even he has to concede … Read More

Year of the Bird

I drove through downtown St. Paul today, it was sunny and beautiful. Two adult bald eagles soared overhead, cruising the Mississippi River for ducks and fish between the chunks of ice. Without thinking, I mumbled to myself, “Good morning, Sky Carp.” In the Twin Cities metro area, bald eagles are almost as common as crows, they nest in downtown Minneapolis … Read More