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

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  • Call for proposals: coastal areas in Cabo Verde 28/10/2020
    On behalf of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new large grant Call for Letters of Inquiry for projects focused on the protection of coastal areas in Cabo Verde.
  • It is urgent to ban toxic lead shot in the EU 26/10/2020
    Responding to EU citizens’ concerns on the state of the environment, the alarming loss of biodiversity and protecting human health, MEPs should support the decision of the REACH Committee, following the opinion of the European Chemicals Agency, to ban lead shot in wetlands.   Lead is a non-threshold poison, which means that no level of […]
  • No More New Hydropower In Europe: A Manifesto 26/10/2020
    For decades in Europe we have been building hydropower plants along our rivers, damaging one of the most precious resources for all life on earth: rivers and freshwater ecosystems. The time has come to put an end to the expansion of hydropower in Europe before we wipe out entire ecosystems and all the services they […]
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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

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  • Stop to watch for mental health
    BTO has produced a downloadable podcast narrated by actor Martin Shaw, aimed at improving wellbeing through mindful birdwatching.
  • BTO and COVID-19
    BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 7.10.2020).
  • Introducing our new Chief Executive
    We are proud to announce that Professor Juliet Vickery will take over from Dr Andy Clements at the end of the year.
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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

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  • Living Bird Magazine—Latest Issue 07/10/2020
    White-throated Sparrow. Photo by Ray Hennessy. More From Living BirdLiving Bird Magazine Archives googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.defineSlot('/106885985/aab_default', [300, 250], 'div-dfp-slot1').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/106885985/aab_default_bottom', [300, 250], 'div-dfp-slot2').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/106885985/aab_leaderboard', [728, 90], 'div-dfp-leaderboard').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().setTargeting('pid', ['/feed/']).setTargeting('url', ['aab']); googletag.enableServices(); }); googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display('div-dfp-slot1'); }); googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display('div-dfp-slot2'); }); Feature ArticlesDeepwater Horizon: Ten Years After America’s Biggest Oil Spill DisasterBy Scott […]
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  • Birding Festivals and Events 01/10/2020
    Upcoming Bird Festivals and Events A great way to enjoy bird watching is by going to festivals—they’re organized to get you to great birding spots at a great time of year, and they’re a great way to meet people. Experts and locals help you see more birds, and you’ll meet other visitors who share your... […]
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  • October 2020 eBirder of the Month Challenge 01/10/2020
    This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is all about participating in October Big Day! This month Zeiss has generously doubled the prizes available to help celebrate October Big Day. TWO eBirders of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 5 eligible checklists on 17 October—October Big... […]
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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

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  • Hannah Turner Bird Ceramics 22/08/2020
    Hannah Turner Bird Ceramics Ceramic Bird Coasters A box set of four ceramic bird coasters to add a touch of humour to your table. Designed by Hannah Turner, each coaster is different. Inspired by Hannah’s love of birds, these 4 ceramic coasters are the perfect inexpensive gift and are part of a large collection of […]
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  • Bird Pun Gifts 22/08/2020
    Bird Pun Gifts Sarah Edmonds is a self-taught illustrator and designer based in the UK. She is inspired by mid-century children’s books, wild birds, and the natural world. Having studied English literature she loves to play with language and the double meanings in her fun bird pun range are sure to raise a smile and […]
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  • Stop To Watch Birds For Mental Health Awareness Week 18/05/2020
    The BTO has teamed up with actor Martin Shaw for Mental Health Awareness Week. The post Stop To Watch Birds For Mental Health Awareness Week appeared first on Bird Spot.
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Oslo Birder

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

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  • Long-tailed Skua 28/10/2020
    The weather forecast for yesterday was for winds of 10m/s directly from the south at the head of the inner Oslofjord so I made my way to Krokstrand in the morning. As I drove down the few remaining leaves on the trees along the road were hardly moving and when I arrived at Krokstrand the […]
  • Auks 26/10/2020
    Southerly winds brought large numbers of auks into the Inner Oslofjord over the weekend and this morning a calm sea was covered with them. From Bygdøy and Fornebu I must have seen 2-300 of which I would estimate 70% were Razorbills and 30% Guillemots. I only found a single Little Auk but this bird showed […]
  • Incidental weekend 25/10/2020
    As usual the weekend involves family and birding is normally an incidental activity but walks around either Fornebu or Maridalen normally feature and then the rate oof incidence can be quite high. Today has been wet and windy and was a perfect day to stay in and try to finish a rather infuriating 2000 piece […]

RSPB

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

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British Birds

British Birds British Birds is a monthly journal for all keen birdwatchers, founded in 1907. To find out more about them – including how to subscribe online or in print – click here.

Latest Posts from British Birds

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  • Stephen Charles Madge (1948–2020) 01/10/2020
    ‘When Steve Madge first saw the light of day at Torpoint, Cornwall, in the winter of 1948, his mother gained what must have been the prototype bundle of joy and British ornithology one of its more
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  • BB eye: Ornithological publishing – thank goodness for BB! 01/10/2020
    British Birds was first published in 1907, so it’s had a long run. Not as long as the Ibis (first published in 1859), or Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the world’s first and
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  • Kevin Francis Woodbridge (1948–2020) 01/10/2020
    As a doctor intent on practising medicine in a natural environment, Kevin Woodbridge went on to found the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, in Orkney, insisting on the highest standards for recording
    Roger Riddington
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Audubon

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

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Fat Birder

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

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  • Bird & Birdwatching News Kenya 2001 - Fat Birder 28/10/2020
    This report will focus more closely on accommodation and access than a normal birding trip report as it was the first undertaken by the Birding For All, or as it was then called: the Disabled Birders Association The participants [all from the UK] were all members of the dba although not all were disabled. Those […]
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  • Bird & Birdwatching News Ethiopia October 2010 - Fat Birder 28/10/2020
    Guest Report on Ethiopia October 2010 from Ralf Jahraus
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  • Bird & Birdwatching News Lead Shot Ban - Fat Birder 28/10/2020
    It is urgent to ban toxic lead shot in the EU Northern Pintail ©David Schenfeld CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 By Léa Badoz, BirdLife consultant Responding to EU citizens’ concerns on the state of the environment, the alarming loss of biodiversity and protecting human health, MEPs should support the decision of the REACH Committee, following the opinion […]
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