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The Bird Banter Podcast #113:  Ed on Molt

The Bird Banter Podcast #113: Ed on Molt

September 30, 2021

There are few nuances of birding that cause more confusion and frustration than molt. Birds have to replace their feathers every year to survive, and understanding this process called molt can bring a not just a better understanding of birds and bird ID, but make looking at the details of plumage of each bird we see a little more fun. I'm certainly no expert on molt, but hearing about the process from the perspective of a non-expert who enjoys the subject may help listeners wrap their brains around the terminology used and the process. I hope so. 

Check out Steven N.G. Howell's great book Molt in North American Birds, which I said I'd link to in these notes, but appears to be out of print.  Borrow a copy from a birder you know if you can. 

I'll put up a blog post on BirdBanter.com with more details. 

Until next time, good birding and good day!

 

The Bird Banter Podcast#112 with Pete Janzen

The Bird Banter Podcast#112 with Pete Janzen

September 17, 2021

On The Bird Banter Podcast #112 with Pete Janzen we talk lots about Kansas birding.  Pete wrote books about birds and birding in Kansas as well as a detailed work on the Birds of Sedgewick County, Kansas.  He wants you to know about the best place in the ABA area to book Lesser Prairie Chicken lek viewing with the Gove County group that manages these. You can contact Jim Miliensifer at  jhmillensifer@gmail.com   Here is their web site.

Be sure to check out the blog on BirdBanter.com for more details. 

Thanks for listening. Good birding and good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast #111 with Mason Maron

The Bird Banter Podcast #111 with Mason Maron

September 6, 2021

On The Bird Banter Podcast #111 I talk with Mason Maron, a young birder who is studying at Washington State University, is beginning a research project on Gray-crowned Rosy Finch diet changes over the last 60 years, and was a lot of fun to talk with. You can find his photography on his website Mason Maron Photography and on his @masonmaronphotography Instagram site. 

Read more related information on the BirdBanter.com blog post for more information.

Until next time, good birding and good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast #110 with Andy Stepniewski

The Bird Banter Podcast #110 with Andy Stepniewski

August 28, 2021

On The Bird Banter Podcast #110 with Andy Stepniewski we talk about his passion and interest in the shrub-steppe habitat that remains near his home in Yakima County, WA, his birding story and some of his birding experiences. Andy was mentored by Jim Lane, of bird finding site guide fame, and he was a primary contributor to The Birder’s Guide to Washington.  

For more detailed information see the blog post on BirdBanter.com.

Until next time. Good birding and good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast #109 with Jason Vassallo

The Bird Banter Podcast #109 with Jason Vassallo

August 16, 2021

On The Bird Banter Podcast #109 with Jason Vassallo we talk about his 2021 ABA Big Year, his birding story, and other things birding. Jason is a very talented young Washington birder, and it was fun to get to know him better.  I also enjoyed hearing about some of the places he has visited this year.  I'm just itching to visit some of them myself. 

Here is a link to Jason's Intagram page @jason2021bigyear

Be sure to check out Bird Banter's blog to see more details related to the episode.

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Until next time. Good birding and good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast #108 with Sophie Wickham

The Bird Banter Podcast #108 with Sophie Wickham

August 5, 2021

England has a great collection of bird observatories, mostly spaced around the coastline, some on islands, some on the main island. Sophie Wickham, my guest on this episode is the warden at the Holme Bird Observatory in Norfolk County.  We talk about her job there, the observatory and the system of observatories in England, the birds seen there and British birding in general.  

Here is a like to the Holme Bird Observatory website and here is the Norfolk Ornithologists Association site. 

See the blog post on the Bird Banter website for more details.

Until next time. Good birding and good day.  

The Bird Banter Podcast #107 with David Waters

The Bird Banter Podcast #107 with David Waters

July 28, 2021

David Waters, the driving force behind the project to reintroduce Great Bustards to England, is my guest on The Bird Banter Podcast #107.  I first met  David when my wife and I visited his home to see his captive Great Bustards (injured birds) and to hear his story of the project. We also got to see some of the reintroduced birds on the Salisbury Plains.

You can learn more about this project at The Great Bustard Project Homepage or on my blog post with more information about this episode.

Until next time, good birding and good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast #106 with The Birder’s Show Guys

The Bird Banter Podcast #106 with The Birder’s Show Guys

July 19, 2021

On The Bird Banter Podcast #106 the hosts of The Birder's Show, a YouTube series that debuted during the pandemic, Diego Calderón and Chris Bell are my guests.  We talk about their exciting new show, birding in Colombia, and more. Don't miss this one.  Thanks for listening.

For more info see my blog on Birdbanter.com

Until next time, good birding and good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast #105 with Melissa Hafting

The Bird Banter Podcast #105 with Melissa Hafting

July 8, 2021

Melissa Hafting is my guest on the Bird Banter Podcast #105, and we talk about her work with young birders in BC, her leadership of the BC Rare Bird Alert, and her birding experiences.   You can find Melissa on Instagram @bcbirdergirl

Please leave a review and rating on the podcast platform you prefer, and check out the blog associated with this episode on The Bird Banter Blog

See Melissa's blog here

Check the BC Rare Bird Alert here

Until next time. Good birding and good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast #104 with R. Bruce Richardson

The Bird Banter Podcast #104 with R. Bruce Richardson

June 29, 2021

On this episode we talk birding in Australia with R. Bruce Richardson, entertainer, birder and now author of An Australian Birding Year.  Australia has been high on my most wanted list of places to go, and it is even higher after talking with Bruce. 

Check out the blog post on BirdBanter.com for more photos and info about Bruce and the episode.  Thanks for listening. 

Until next time. Good birding and good day 

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