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Overcoming gull-ID phobia

Why it’s time to stop ignoring and start identifying gulls … Read More “Overcoming gull-ID phobia”


Welcome to the new and improved BirdWatchingDaily

Editor Matt Mendenhall invites you to check out the new look for BirdWatchingDaily.com, your resource for becoming a better birder … Read More “Welcome to the new and improved BirdWatchingDaily”

In the News

Southeastern Wisconsin

Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit slated for early November

The second annual Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit will cover a variety of topics, including the ongoing recovery of Kirtland’s Warbler … Read More “Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit slated for early November”

drunk birds

BirdWatching experts help explain ‘drunk birds’ phenomenon to America

In the last few days, national and local media have carried stories about “drunk birds” — a topic we covered as long ago as 1987 … Read More “BirdWatching experts help explain ‘drunk birds’ phenomenon to America”

Black Rail

Feds propose to list Eastern Black Rail as threatened

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to protect the Eastern Black Rail, a bird that has been lost from major portions of … Read More “Feds propose to list Eastern Black Rail as threatened”

Balloon litter a top problem on remote beaches

During a five-year study on balloon litter in Virginia’s coastal environments, researchers found more than 11,400 balloon-related items on the state … Read More “Balloon litter a top problem on remote beaches”

Bird Identification

Orange-crowned Warbler

Identifying Orange-crowned Warbler and Tennessee Warbler

Kenn Kaufman describes what to look for to identify the variable Orange-crowned Warbler and the similar Tennessee Warbler … Read More “Identifying Orange-crowned Warbler and Tennessee Warbler”

Bird eye-rings explained by David Allen Sibley

David Sibley explains eye-rings

Learn how the shape and pattern of feathers around the eyes can help you identify birds … Read More “David Sibley explains eye-rings”

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Winners of the 2018 Bird Photographer of the Year contest

The winning images of the Bird Photographer of the Year contest include stunning photos of flamingos, gannets, Little Egret, and more … Read More “Winners of the 2018 Bird Photographer of the Year contest”

Slideshow: Backyard birds photographed through windows

Photographer and medical doctor Glen Apseloff shares photos of birds that have visited his Ohio yard — and that he photographed through closed windows … Read More “Slideshow: Backyard birds photographed through windows”

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Locations & Travel

Birding Tikal National Park

Birding Tikal National Park in Guatemala

The national park protecting Mayan ruins is home to parrots, toucans, and many other birds … Read More “Birding Tikal National Park in Guatemala”

Cuba bird survey

Cuba bird survey in March 2019 with David Sibley

You are invited on an exclusive, U.S.-led and U.S.-managed birding program to Cuba sponsored by BirdWatching magazine in partnership with the Caribbean Conservation Trust, Inc., with special guest host David Allen Sibley, from March 2-11, 2019. For the fifth time, BirdWatching magazine, in collaboration with the Caribbean Conservation Trust (CCT), is promoting a birding program to Cuba, the Caribbean’s … Read More “Cuba bird survey in March 2019 with David Sibley”

Hotspots Near You

We’ve published “Hotspots Near You” since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. We offer maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home. Read More “Hotspots Near You”