The Best Birding Blogs
There are so many excellent birding websites which can be useful sources of inspiration and motivation to get out there and tick off some birds. Birding can be a social activity and it feels good to be part of a wider birding community too. I’ve collected together some of my favourite sites here. Click around and see what inspires you.
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Bird Life International
The Bird Life International website declares its vision is to see a world where nature and people live in greater harmony, more equitably and sustainably.
The BirdLife Partnership strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
Their goal is to:
- To prevent extinction in the wild
- To maintain and where possible improve the conservation status of all bird species
- To conserve the sites and habitats important for birds and other biodiversity
- To sustain the vital ecological systems that underpin human livelihoods, and enrich the quality of people’s lives
- In the process, BirdLife will empower people and contribute to the alleviation of poverty, and strive to ensure sustainability in the use of natural resources.
Latest Posts From Bird Life International
BTO — The British Trust For Ornithology
The BTO is a major UK charity which concentrates on the science. The BTO is committed to making birdwatching count.
Through projects and citizen science events, they empower 60,000 bird-enthusiasts to gather vital data, develop their skills and be part of a vibrant community.
Their goal is to champion impartial science ands answer the most pressing questions about birds, through their thorough and impartial scientific research.
The BTO also shares their bird knowledge by communicating their knowledge and expertise to increase the value of birds and other wildlife for all.
If you want to gen up about birds, this a good place to start.
Latest Posts From the BTO
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides us with two amazing apps as well as offering the world a commitment to advancing the understanding and protection of the natural world.
The Cornell Lab joins with people from all walks of life to make new scientific discoveries, share insights, and galvanize conservation action.
The Merlin bird identification app is an amazing free resource. I’ve written about it here. eBird is another of their apps and is useful for keeping a list and also finding local hotspots to visit. I’ve written about how to use eBird here.
Latest Posts From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Team Sapsucker Finds 106 Species in Manhattan for Big Day 2022 18/05/2022Congratulations to Team Sapsucker for surpassing their 2022 Big Day goal of 100 species during the Cornell Lab’s biggest conservation fundraiser of the year! Birding from about 4 a.m. until just after sunset on May 14, 2022, the Cornell Lab team—Jessie Barry, Jenna Curtis, Andrew Farnsworth, Ian Owens, Heather Wolf, and Chris Wood—found an amazing... […]Hugh Powell
- Bird Cams FAQ: California Condor Nest 16/05/2022Answers to your questions about the California Condor nest. If you’re looking for the answer to a specific question, type control-F (command-F on a Mac) and start typing in your search terms to quickly find the answer. About The Toms Canyon Nest (2022) How old are the adults and how long have they been together?... […]Victoria Campbell
- Bringing Back Prey-go-neesh, the California Condor, to My Tribe’s Homeland 03/05/2022This spring, California Condors will soar in the sky above Yurok tribal lands in Northern California for the first time in more than a century.Victoria Campbell
Bird Spot UK
Birdspot state the website started life as British Bird Lovers with the aim of making birds and bird watching accessible to all.
Although there were a number of high quality bird related websites (and still are of course) we felt that many were aimed at very serious bird watchers rather than people who simply enjoy caring for the birds in their garden or seeing them in their local park or nature reserve.
Over the next few years British Bird Lovers grew beyond our expectations. What started out as a hobby grew into a website with tens of thousands of monthly visitors and over a hundred and fifty thousand fans across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
In 2019 we made the decision to rebrand and Bird Spot was born, We relaunched our website, completely redesigning it, refreshed the content to ensure its accuracy, and moved to a new server to make things work better.
However, our principles still stand though in that we remain focused on our core values of ensuring that all the information and advice we provide is simple to understand and will bring benefit to anyone who wants to learn more about birds.
Their bird guides are an excellent resource.
The Latest Posts from Birdspot
The Oslo Birder belongs to Simon Rix an English birder who has lived in Oslo since 2001. Heis a bird guide and served a term on the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF) from 2012-2018. This blog primarily records his birding around Oslo.
This website is a great illustration of the benefit of really deepening your knowledge of a local patch.
The Latest Posts From the Oslo Birder
- First Lapwing chicks 19/05/2022Tomorrow I am off with Conor to Valdres for a repeat of last years trip although we are travelling a week earlier so it will be interesting to see if all hoped for birds are back. The weather forecast is not so good so we might struggle on the Saturday at least to see anything […]
- Ruff 18/05/2022Yesterday, 17 May, was Norway’s national day and not normally a day when I would get in anything other than incidental birding but due to having been the designated driver when we went to friends for a BBQ in the afternoon I found myself able to drive upto Maridalen just before it got dark to […]
- A risky trip to England 17/05/2022A first visit to England for nearly three years (thanks Covid!) was much needed and very enjoyable but made me a bit nervous as it would mean I was away from my beloved Dale during perhaps the most exciting period of the year. I did not seem to miss much but as Halvard was also […]
The RSPB focuses on providing habitats for birds in the UK. Reserves are at the heart of what they do. The RSPB states they’re vital to their conservation work and priceless spaces for everyone to get close to nature.
The RSPB believes they work best when they connect with wild spaces and habitats in the wider landscape. On their website they pledge to make them bigger, better, more joined up homes.
- The RSPB owns 55 per cent of the land it manages and 45 per cent is managed in partnership with others. They aim to dramatically increase the land it owns and manage over the next 15 years – their ambition is to double land-holding by 2030.
- By 2025 theu aim to help to improve the wildlife value of at least 10 per cent of the seas around the UK and its overseas territories.
- By 2025 it wants to ensure at least 20 per cent of UK land is well managed for nature, by ensuring no loss of protected areas and by offering inspiration and advice to improve the management of around 5,000 square kilometres owned by others.
In short, the RSPB is a vital birding charity and I’m proud to say I’m a member. The RSPB only functions thanks to the donations and membership fees it collects. If you feel inspired to join, you can do so here.
Lastest Posts from the RSPB
Latest Posts from British Birds
Audubon is a US birding organisation and is principally focussed on North America. It does campaign globally however, but the reason for including the website here is because of its dedication to bird photography.
As Audubon say:
“Maybe you’re a bird lover who doesn’t know your f-stop from your ISO speed. Or maybe you’re an experienced photographer who’s starting to discover the charms of the things with feathers. Whatever brings you to the world of bird photography, we’ve got the instruction, pro tips, gear recs, and inspiration you’ll need to get settled in.”
If you’re into bird photography you’ll want to visit their photography pages here.
Latest Posts from Audubon
Fat Birder is the premier birders’ web resource about birds, birding and birdwatching. Whether you are looking for facts about hummingbirds, songbirds, shorebirds or raptors in your backyard or are planning a trip or birding tour anywhere in the world Fatbirder is the site for you.
There are tens of thousands of links on two thousand pages about birding everywhere; a page for every country & state & every bird family.
It’s all here from RSPB wildlife reserves or Audubon bird sanctuaries to the best bird watching binoculars and spotting scopes. There are page sections on books, guides, forums, reserves, accommodation, trip report, bird clubs and more as well as pages on topics such as ornithology, twitching, endangered species, conservation, equipment, pelagics, birding holidays and much more.
Fatbirder benefits hugely from the contributions of birders, photographers, ornithologists and birdwatchers from all over the world. Local birders wrote most country and state introductions, and Fatbirder users took most of the photographs featured.
Latest Posts From Fat Birder
What About You?
What are your favourite birding websites and why? Add any new ones in the comments below.