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Suzy shares the joy of watching wild birds, from her garden visitors in southern England to birds seen internationally. Learn how to identify species, notice their behaviours, and recognize songs and calls. Join Suzy for recorded bird outings, interviews with experts and enthusiasts, and stories from birders around the world. Suzy says: “Birding is a great pastime. It can be done with others or alone. You don't need expensive equipment, your eyes or ears are enough. And best of all, the Casu ...
 
Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."
 
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In October 2020, I took a vacation on the Isle of Wight. While there, I was delighted to meet up with local birder (and past guest) Keiron Lee Vine. Keiron took me to his local patch: Haddon’s Pits. We spent a lovely morning birding, getting spectacular views of a Kestrel and seeing large flocks of finches flying over. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 …
 
The Global Bird Weekend is coming up on October 8th - 10th 2021. The Casual Birder Podcast has entered a team and I'd love you to join us. In this mini-episode, I'll tell you more about the event and how you can be part of our team, wherever you are in the world. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:50 Global Bird Weekend Join our team for th…
 
In episode #102, hear about my lovely Robin encounter, listeners share their summer birding moments and find out how to join our team for the Global Bird Weekend in October. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:51 Introduction In case you missed it, last episode I spoke with Mike Drew, biodiversity advisor, licensed bird ringer and Nightingal…
 
IT'S SUMMERTIME, BABYYYY! We're coming at you with the hottest facts about some beachin' North American shorebirds, as well as ways you can help keep the shores safe for birds. Cool down with this tall glass of bird banter! We also share some of our favorite answers to our recent Instagram question: what bird would you want for your neighbor? Tune …
 
Mike Drew is a biodiversity advisor for Anglian Water and a licensed bird ringer. He has monitored and managed Nightingale nesting sites in the East of England for over a decade. Mike shares his observations of this iconic bird and tells us about the research which helped inform habitat action plans produced by the BTO (British Trust for Ornitholog…
 
We hope you're ready for some tea. The National Audubon Society is front and center of a lot of important conversations regarding race, inclusivity, and equality—both in the workplace and the great outdoors. In the past few months, the majority of Audubon’s employees have declared that they want to form a union to protect employee’s rights and have…
 
Join Suzy and guests Stephanie Seymour and Marylee Stephenson for a celebration of reaching the podcast's 100 episode milestone. We also hear from past guests and friends of the show. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 0:00:57 Past episode Past episode 00:01:35 Casual Birder Weekly Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:01:57 Introduction 00:0…
 
On May 8th 2021, bird watchers around the world took part in the Global Big Day. This 24-hour event encouraged birders to see as many species as possible within their local area. The Casual Birder Podcast entered a team to take part in the event. Members of the team had a range of birding experience, from novice to expert, and saw 430 species in lo…
 
We're back! After welcoming our own little baby birds into the world, we wanted to share our favorite bird moms for our first episode of 2021. Yes, this episode is coming out after Mother's Day, but we were able to record it on Mother's Day so it feels relevant still. Some of these bird moms are admirable mentors and others make...questionable pare…
 
Faraaz Abdool is the author of Casual Birding in Trinidad and Tobago. He is also a noted photographer, tour leader and active member of the global birding community. This episode is an edited version of a Facebook Live conversation I had with Faraaz, in front of an audience from the show’s Facebook group. Faraaz tells me how he became a casual bird…
 
Suzy takes us on a solo bird walk at Malibu Lagoon in California where she sees Marbled Godwit, Caspian Tern and Snowy Plover. Time stamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:54 Promo for last episode & newsletter Past episode Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:01:43 Introduction to Bird Walk 00:21:23 Global Big Day Register here - Global Birding Join t…
 
This week’s episode was originally created for International Podcast Month, September 2020, and released on their podcast feed. Over the past year, many of us have been seeking solace in nature. As I have remained at home much of the time since the lockdowns began, my garden birds have provided interest and distraction. In episode 96, I provide an …
 
In episode 95, Suzy shares the sixth of her audio diaries documenting the birds seen in her neighbourhood, from the week of Tuesday 9th to Monday 15th February, 2021. We also find out what birds listeners were seeing that week. Time stamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:52 Introduction Past episode 00:01:30 Promo Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:…
 
In episode 94, we meet Benedict Macdonald, conservationist and author of the award-winning “Rebirding - restoring Britain’s wildlife”. Benedict dispels some popular myths about our countryside, and presents compelling reasons for the reintroduction of particular species. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:29 Introduction 00:02:29 Interview …
 
Now that Spring has arrived, Suzy takes us on a bird walk in her neighbourhood, in Hampshire, UK. Suzy sees 17 species, including a singing Goldcrest. We also hear about the birds listeners have seen in the past week, and Suzy has a wonderful encounter with her Rook friend. Time stamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:48 Bird Walk 00:15:56 Promo for newslet…
 
Continuing her series of lockdown birdwatching diaries, Suzy shares her bird observations from week 5, covering the period 2nd to 8th February 2021. This episode includes exciting news about a nesting Robin, and Suzy's exasperation at the Wood Pigeons ignoring the water bowls! Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:06 Introduction Casual Birder…
 
March 8th every year is International Women’s Day. This annual event provides a focus to celebrate the achievements of women and a call to action to challenge gender disparity. Suzy revisits conversations she’s had with awesome women birders, who tell how birds have touched their lives. The featured birders are: From the Science Community: Dan Rous…
 
Suzy shares the fourth entry in her series of lockdown birdwatching diaries and describes her regular garden visitors. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 In this episode 00:00:54 Introduction Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:02:13 Garden bird descriptions 00:08:50 Audio Diary begins 00:18:37 Keep in Touch Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.co Tell…
 
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 Dumm…
 
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 C…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 Weekl…
 
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 Diar…
 
In episode 83, 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…
 
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 Ca…
 
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:…
 
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 …
 
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 u…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
Every joke about "Corvid-19" has already been made, so let's skip to the good stuff: BIRDS! We'll share some fascinating, little-known facts about one of the bird world's smartest families (but let's be honest, ALL birds are smart). Corvids—aka the crow family—can be found all over the world. Even if you're new to birding, you've likely spotted a m…
 
It's one thing to admire birds in the wild, but it's rare to find people who dedicate their lives to helping injured birds return to the wild. Suzie Gilbert is one of these impassioned birders. Luckily for the world, she picked up a pen to start sharing her wildlife rehabilitation stories. In this episode, we sit down with Suzie to learn the behind…
 
Spring is upon us and the birds are gettin' busy. And what does that mean? That's right: lots of little baby birds will soon be entering the world. Not all nests are created equal. Some birds lay eggs in giant piles of composting garbage that they continuously turn to keep the eggs at the perfect incubating temperature. Some birds nest in hanging w…
 
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…
 
Bird Sh*t Podcast is officially one year old! Sarah and Mo have been talkin' birds, interviewing amazing birders, and sharing badass bird facts for 365 days. Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this adventure! To celebrate our "bird day," we're revisiting some of our favorite moments on the podcast from the last year. Plus, get behi…
 
Stephanie Seymour has been a musician her whole life and an avid birder for the last 15 years. Her latest album, There Are Birds, brings together her love of birds and vast musical talents. Don't be fooled by the album's name: this is not an album of bird calls. It's an eclectic mix of pop and rock-and-roll, blended with lyrical birding stories fro…
 
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…
 
When we first recorded this Spring Break episode, we didn't anticipate half the world being on COVID-19 lockdown. But now seems like as good of a time as any to take a mental vacation to the sunny regions of Mexico, Central America, and South America for some incredible birding! Learn about some of the coolest birds from the sunny south, including …
 
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 handl…
 
Corina Newsome grew up in Philadelphia and has always had a desire to participate in, and advocate for, the protection of wildlife and natural spaces, and encourage people of color in the U.S. to explore the great outdoors. These days, you’ll catch her in Georgia marshes doing important conservation research for the MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrow. …
 
While counting down the days until spring migration, we might as well go full-out WINTER. Embrace your cold side and learn about some awesome birds that call the Arctic their home (for at least part of the year). Learn about: a bird that sprays stomach oil onto the wings of its enemies; an eagle with the widest wing span; a hoarding bird that’s use…
 
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 effort…
 
Grassland bird populations are declining more than any other bird group in North America. Rather than spaz out—our normal reaction to bad bird news—we had a conversation with Alyssa DeRubeis and felt a lot better about the work being done for grassland birds. Spoiler: there’s still hope for restored habitats. Alyssa grew up in Minnesota and started…
 
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…
 
Ever wonder what bird species your favorite characters from the hit TV series "The Office" would be? Wonder no more. In this episode, we correlate characteristics of different bird species to some of the rowdy bunch of characters from "The Office." Tune in to find out if we let Dwight be the Bald Eagle he thinks he is, why Stanley is the quintessen…
 
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 th…
 
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…
 
Before we dive too deep into 2020, let's reflect on 2019. Some big things happened in the bird world last year. Scientists identified the remains of a 15-pound, 3-foot-tall parrot named Squawkzilla. US cities adopted bird-friendly laws. We've lost 1 in 4 birds since the 1970s (hey, we didn't say it was all good news). Plus, meet 5 bird species that…
 
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