American Birding Podcast



Avian Creativity and Imagination

A review by Sanford Sorkin

The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman

Random House, 2016

340 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14594P

My introduction to the genius of birds came on a sunny afternoon in Arizona. My wife and I were enjoying some wine in an outdoor Phoenix café, almost alone as we [read more…]

Why We Feed Birds

A review by Grant McCreary

Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce and Conservation, by Paul J. Baicich, Margaret A. Barker, and Carrol L. Henderson

Texas A&M University Press, 2015

306 pages, $27.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14477

Feeding birds? Isn’t this the American Birding Association? Don’t lie: I know you thought it, if [read more…]

Peaceful Coexistence in the Suburbs

A review by Robert Gerson

Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife, by John M. Marzluff

Yale University Press, 2014

303 pages, $30—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14402

In spite of the overwhelming evidence, it is still difficult for some to accept that our species has had an [read more…]

Cagey Birds

A nice trend developed in my yard this winter when a flock of Bushtits began regularly blitzing my suet. They especially seemed to like snowy mornings which gave me a great excuse to linger over coffee on weekends at the breakfast table awaiting their arrival. Until this season, I had only seen Bushtits in my [read more…]

Oh Junco, What Art Thou?

In the latter parts of December I began noticing a Dark-eyed Junco working my back yard feeders that had tidy white wing bars and all gray upperparts. Combined with my location in Colorado the signs seemed to point to a White-winged Junco, well within expected winter range for that subspecies and indeed far from the [read more…]

Open Mic: Bird Feeding Standards to Live By

Guest writer Ernie Allison considers how to attract birds to your yard even in the hottest months of the year. [read more…]

Bald Eagle Eats Whale!

Bill Schmoker observes the Bald Eagle in a moment of seaside opportunism. [read more…]

On the importance of a good perch for feeder photos…

I'm scrambling to get everything squared away before heading off to the 2013 Colorado Field Ornithologists Convention in beautiful Cortez, Colorado, so I'll let these two pictures do the talking…  Bottom line: If you want better snaps at your feeders, give your avian subjects some nice-looking perches to pose on.

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Are your windows ready?

Bill Schmoker offers some not quite intuitive tips to get your windows ready for winter bird viewing and photography. [read more…]

Open Mic: Bird Feeders for the Environment

At the Mic: Ernie Allison

Ernie Allison is a nature writer with a particular interest in birds. He is dedicated to using his writing skills to bring awareness to conservation issues concerning birds. To help further this mission, he writes for the hummingbird feeder provider,


When I tell people about [read more…]