Paris 2018

I know this isn’t bird related, but I had to write a short post about one of the most well known cities in the world! We started our journey in Cheltanham, Gloucester, in the UK. From there we took a bus to London were we took a train to the outskirts of Paris. The next…

Spotlight: Falkland Steamer Duck (Logger Duck)

I’m sure not many people have heard of this bird. Native to only the Falkland Islands, it is very abundant along all low lying coasts.  It is locally  known as the Logger Duck. The Logger Duck is indeed flightless, but can propel itself across the water very quickly if in danger. They are very heavy…

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) 2018

So, the time has come. Birds are beginning their long flights across the U.S.A, Canada, Mexico and Central America. American celebrations for IMBD take place on the second Saturday of May, while celebrations elsewhere are in the fall. There is a huge range of activities to do at these festivals, from bird walks to bird…

My bird bucket list

As being an American birder living the UK, I have a number of chances to bird across Europe and Africa. Birding doors are opening, letting me into an entirely new world of birds. I have so many bird species I would love to encounter, but now, I will give you my top 10 birds to…

Robin Nest Updates

The female had laid five eggs, which of only two were actually fertilized. The due date was supposedly be yesterday, Tuesday, but I discovered on Monday that the nest had been targeted by a predator. I’m guessing a magpie or raven. All of the eggs were taken, thus ending the attempt. No other reports of…

Spotlight: Superb Fairywren

Native mostly to eastern Australia, this tiny bird is truly something. At only 14 cm in length from the tip of its bill to the end of its tail, it is a relatively small bird. These birds are an excellent example of sexual dimorphism as you can see in this photo: The male loses his…

5 Awesome facts about Bird Anatomy

The complex design of a bird is truly amazing. I will now list my favorite facts about their amazing anatomy. Many long billed waders have an ability called Rhynchokinesis, which is the ability to move the upper mandible from a hinge point within the bill itself. 2. In most birds the male’s testes are asymmetrical,…

WWT Slimbridge: A birder’s paradise

Today I had the pleasure of traveling to WWT Slimbridge, (Slimbridge  Wetlands Trust) an amazing package of water birds and waders. Along with captive birds, there are many, many wild birds who visit for the breeding season, and when passing through while migrating. It features over 180 types of ducks, all six species of Swan…

Peek-a-boo nest box and the general Avian breeding season

So, the spring breeding season has begun. I’m stoked because I received a bird house with a plastic back for my birthday in 2016. I wasn’t able to use it while i lived in Hawaii because there weren’t many hole nesters there. Anyway, i recently put it up and have gotten very little activity. It’s…

Spotlight: My Favorite Breeds of Chicken

Chickens are by far my favorite animal. The cuddly, hardy, (tasty) birds everyone knows. I’m going to share my favorite breeds. Silkie: The silkie is one of the most popular breeds in the USA. They’ve been around for hundreds of years, dating back to 13th century China. It was soon introduced to Europe, and was…

5 Ways to Help your feathered friends this spring

I’m aware that the breeding season is moving closer, so here are five ways to help birds this year. • Putting out any nesting materials such as string, newspaper shreds, soft materials like shreds of cotton ball fibers, etc. Live insects like mealworms really help new parents get a head start. They can be placed…

Mother’s Day special

Ok, I know for all my readers in the U.K. that Mother’s Day has already happened, and everyone in the US Mother’s Day isn’t for a while. But, I decided to do this special anyway. Let’s get started. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the most interesting facts about bird mothers. 👍 • Female Least…