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Best blogs for bird lovers | Optics and Lab Equipment

Best blogs for bird lovers

Last Updated: 22.10.19

From the United States of America to Ireland, we have collected some of the best blogs for bird lovers. Our passion for the environment, along with our willingness to study and find out as much as possible about nature and all its wonders, have led us to create this list. We think it would be useful for every outdoor enthusiast who loves to take his/her binoculars and hit the trail every Saturday or Sunday morning.
Every birdwatcher is a newbie at some point, and since we’re well aware of that, we’d like to extend a helping hand by presenting you with several resources that you can use to better identify the bird species in your particular area. The following content creators will assist you in spotting birds you’ve never seen before.

 

Best blogs you shouldn’t miss as a bird lover

 


 

Bird Rescue

The International Bird Rescue staff cares for birds that are impacted by threats such as natural oils that seeps under the ocean, marine debris, extreme weather, and algal blooms. The blog is used for sharing stories from the field and from the 2 California-based rescue centers that the staff manages

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Updates published regularly
  • Learn about oiled birds and how you can make a difference
  • Donate to the cause you care about

 

 


 

BirdNote

Through excellent audio programming and online content, BirdNote manages to bring listeners and nature lovers closer to birds that they have never heard before. The stories are rich in information, sound, as well as imagery, and they connect the needs and behaviors of birds with the lives of those that listen to them.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • The writers are all birders
  • The shows are birdsong-rich and most of them are provided by the world-known Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Quality photography accompanies each show

 

 


 

CWP Birds

This particular blog publishes sightings from the Cotswold Water Park, regardless of the rarity of the species or the county boundaries. If you would like to submit a sighting of your own, all you have to do is write an email and send it to the address specified on the first page of the blog. Some of the posts are accompanied by pictures, and that makes them more visually appealing.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Bird sightings in the Cotswold Water Park
  • The blog is updated daily
  • All local birders and visitors are encouraged to send sightings

 

 


 

Birdgirl

Mya-Rose Craig is a young naturalist, birder, and ornithologist who has a love for the environment. She loves to write about conservation and environmental issues and birding around the world and around Bristol. This blog is where you get to read about her adventures and what she is involved in.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Find out how you can make a positive impact on the environment
  • Learn more about birding
  • Read about Mya-Rose’s conservation efforts  

 

 


 

Oslo Birder

Simon Rix is an English birdwatcher who has been living in Oslo since the beginning of the 21st century. He has served a term on the Norwegian Rarities Committee between 2012 and 2018 and he is now a bird guide. Oslo Birder details his adventures and records of birding in the Oslo area.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Photos and videos of birds spotted in and around Oslo
  • Short descriptions of the birds
  • A personal outlook on birding

 

 


 

Dennis S. Davenport Photography

Dennis is an artist specializing in creating wildlife and bird images through digital photography. This website showcases his portfolio, so you have the chance to see lots of unique and beautiful shots of birds of all sorts. His blog tackles wildlife photo shoots and discusses how they are made from start to finish.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Find out what goes into bird photography
  • Learn the technical aspects of being a bird photographer
  • Excellent shots of birds you might have never seen before

 

 


 

Makov

This is a website that belongs to an association/rescue station (MAKOV) which deals with protecting birds that are sick, injured, or underdeveloped and that were somehow exposed to the human population and have been affected by it. The site has a plethora of information on bird rescue, so you might want to check it out if you’re interested in the topic.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Ecological education
  • Learn more about the rescue station
  • Information for schools

 

 


 

Urban Wildlife Guide

Julie Feinstein was a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History based in New York. Since June 2018, she moved to a little town on the Delaware across from Philadelphia and she’s now happy to be close to the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The blog is minimalistic and well-organized and it usually consists of posts showcasing pictures of the wildlife that Julie encounters.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Photography of the birds and wildlife around New Jersey and New York
  • Short descriptions of the species that Julie stumbled upon locally
  • Find out more about Julie’s book on urban wildlife

 

 


 

Words on Birds

This blog is Jeff Reiter’s newspaper column about birding, birders, and, of course, birds. This is where articles are published regularly and they are stories of how Jeff came across one bird species or the other. The text is accompanied by high-quality pictures.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • A somewhat personal perspective to birding
  • Learn more about birdwatching
  • Information on tours

 

 


 

Flower Hill Farm Retreat

Carol Duke is a lover of nature and wildlife, an artist, as well as a farmer, and she’s given much of her last thirty years to caring for her hillside farm in Western Massachusetts. The blog shares her activities — from the use of organic practices to the conservation of nature and wildlife –.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Find out more about the Flower Hill Farm Retreat
  • Beautiful photography of birds, butterflies, and flowers
  • See Carol Duke’s paintings

 

 


 

Focusing on Wildlife

If you love wildlife and you’re planning on taking your binoculars with you wherever you go, you should definitely consider accessing this blog beforehand. It’s filled with info on anything from swans to seabirds and even reptiles, and it also includes a list of threatened bird species. There are several editors, most of which are located in different parts of the country (and even different parts of the world), so the pictures you’ll look at are unique and diverse.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Amazing bird photography
  • Information on conservation and endangered species
  • Competitions

 

 


 

The Brownstone Birding Blog

If you’re interested in doing your birding in Connecticut and don’t know what locations you should pick, check out this website as it can definitely help you separate the wheat from the chaff. Thanks to the breathtaking photography of the birds that the author encounters, you’ll both make your day better and learn what species you can come across in the area.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Posts published on a regular basis
  • See pictures of anything from street turkeys to Red-breasted Mergansers
  • Check out the links to the birding clubs and organizations in the area

 

 


 

Oxon Birding

Probably the most impressive aspect of this blog is that it won’t make you waste any time. The posts are short and informative and they are always accompanied by pictures or brief descriptions of the types of birds that were spotted in a particular area. The date is also specified so you can get an idea of what to expect for each time of year.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • New discoveries posted regularly (sometimes even 3 times a day)
  • The sightings are described briefly, yet effectively
  • Information on upcoming events

 

 


 

Birding at Antrim Marina

Gareth D.A. Platt writes about and takes photos of gulls that he comes across in Northern Ireland. Both himself, as well as other birders visit and report on the gulls, and all of the reports go to Adam McClure’s study. The blog consists of Platt’s personal observations on the birds that he sees and documents.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • A personal perspective on birding
  • Information on gulls from Northern Ireland
  • Records at Antrim Marina using the birds’ rings

 

 


 

I’m Birding Right Now

Miles and Teresa Tuffli love to learn about bird vocalizations, but also about birds, in general, and they do so in Sonoma County, in California. The two started this particular blog so they can share what they’ve learned with other birdwatchers. They have photos and audio files of what their birding adventures entail, and they also organize periodic bird walks.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Photos and audio of birds from Sonoma County, California
  • Bird stories
  • Tips for other birdwatchers

 

 


 

British Columbia Rare Bird Alert

This blog covers all of the regions in British Columbia, Canada. It provides current info on noteworthy and rare bird sightings in this particular province. Most of the posts are accompanied by photos of the spotted birds, which can help novice birdwatchers with learning more about their particularities in terms of distinguishing one species from another. Also, it provides prompt up to date location info for the rare birds so birders can quickly, efficiently and successfully twitch them.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • The blog is updated regularly
  • Short descriptions of the birds that were spotted
  • Beautiful pictures of the tiniest and most delicate birds in the area

 

 


 

Costa Rica Living and Birding

Patrick O’Donnell moved to Costa Rica in the 1990s, he married a local, and he started focusing on two of his greatest passions – Kung Fu and birding. The blog is a beautiful collection of the species that he comes across in Costa Rica. He showcases amazing photos of the birds he came across, and also includes a story of how he came to see them.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • All the info you need to know about Costa Rica birding
  • Bird photography
  • Tips about taking a birding trip to this country

 

 


 

Backyard Birder

From stories of birds that you yourself might come across if you’re doing your birdwatching in your backyard to short documentaries about squirrels or raccoons – you can use this blog as a resource if you’re a wildlife lover and constant learner of new things about nature. The best thing about every post is that it’s accompanied by a video of that particular bird singing or just making sounds so that you can identify it the next time you stumble upon it.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Posts published regularly
  • With each post, you get a video of the bird or animal
  • You can support the Backyard Friends by using the Backyard Shop

 

 


 

Bardsey Lodge & Bird Observatory

A stay on Bardsey Island is a great idea, no matter if you have a particular interest in studying nature or you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory is one of the two accredited bird observatories located in Wales and is part of a network of twenty around the coast of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Find out more about Bardsey Island
  • Check out the blog for regular updates of the species of birds you can see in the area
  • Beautiful photography of the birds

 

 


 

Birding News by Bubo.org

If you’d like to find out more news about birds, in general, and what you can do to support their biodiversity and conservation, this website is a must. Granted, it hasn’t been updated in a while, but the information that you’ll come across will definitely be useful. You can find out about anything from conservation priorities in Africa to illegal shooting in Malta.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Birdlife community news
  • Bird guides
  • Tips on getting a glimpse of rare birds

 

 


 

Laura Erickson’s For The Birds

Laura Erickson is a personality as she has been everything from a scientist to a writer and photographer, as well as science editor for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s written 11 books about birds and has been featured in various magazines. This blog tells her birding adventures. Every post is accompanied by beautiful pictures.

3 reasons to visit: 

  • Get your birding advice from someone who knows what she’s talking about
  • Breathtaking pictures of birds and other wildlife
  • Read Laura’s story and how she became interested in ornithology

 

 


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Fabulous to see the Cotswold Water Park blog here as it’s a local patch. Well done Jon

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