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

  • Report: The use of the EMFF in Spain between 2014 - 2018 25/11/2020
    The current European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014-2020) pursues the objective of advancing towards environmental, economic and social sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture. It has a total budget of 6.4 billion euros, of which Spain has received around 1.089 billion. This report reviews the spending of the funds in relation to the environmental sustainability of […]
  • Great Ethiopian Run 2020 supports bird conservation in Ethiopia 25/11/2020
    The Great Ethiopian Run is the one of the world's most famous marathon initiatives. Since its inception in 2000, GER has staged over 100 races in different parts of Ethiopia, with thousands of participants and an audience base of another five million.
  • Press release: European Parliament votes to ban lead ammunition 25/11/2020
    Brussels – 25 November 2020 This morning, the European Parliament voted to ban the use of lead ammunition in wetlands across the EU. 362 MEPs voted in favour of the ban, 292 against, and 39 abstained. Despite the REACH committee already voting to ban lead in October because of its highly toxic properties, Members of […]

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

  • Blue Tits missing from gardens following heatwave
    Garden BirdWatch has shown that some of our favourite garden species have been struggling this year, possibly due to the unusually warm spring.
  • BTO and COVID-19
    BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 13.11.2020).
  • A new BTO CEO, a new BTO podcast
    Juliet Vickery has now officially started work as BTO CEO. She sat down with outgoing CEO Andy Clements and BTO Youth Advisory Panel member Greg Palmer to talk about challenges, successes and aspirations.

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

  • Birdspotter 2020-2021 Photo Contest 15/11/2020
    BIRDSPOTTER 2020-21 GALLERY BROWSE PHOTOS EXPLORE MAP UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS Wild Birds Unlimited – BirdSpotter 2020-21 Photo ContestNorthern Cardinal by Anita Bhala HOW THE PHOTO CONTEST WORKS 1Every other Monday will have a BirdSpotter photo challenge, telling you what kind of photo we want to see. 2Upload your best pic and start voting! Each contest... […]
    Victoria Campbell
  • eBird Will Be Down November 17-19 13/11/2020
    Database update: November 17-19 maintenance By Team eBird November 12, 2020 Baltimore Oriole Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula © Steve Kolbe Macaulay Library eBird Over the past year, eBird developers have been hard at work updating our entire database of tools, resources, and nearly one billion bird observations. To finish this update, it will be necessary... […]
    Victoria Campbell
  • Birding Festivals and Events 01/11/2020
    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... […]

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

  • Which Garden Bird Are You? 17/11/2020
    Which Garden Bird Are You? The post Which Garden Bird Are You? first appeared on Bird Spot.
  • One For Sorrow … Magpie Nursery Rhyme 11/11/2020
    One For Sorrow, Two For Joy is a popular rhyme associated with magpies and the luck, both good and bad, they bring. The post One For Sorrow ... Magpie Nursery Rhyme first appeared on Bird Spot.
  • British Birds’ Eggs 11/11/2020
    Learn how to identify the eggs of some of the UK's most common wild birds. The post British Birds' Eggs first appeared on Bird Spot.

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

  • Free to gaze 25/11/2020
    My Covid quarantine has come to end and I was able to extend the radius for today’s exercise/birding. In the end there was no exercise as I just stared at the sea at Krokstrand and then took in some drive-by sites on the way home. I knew that the wind wasn’t strong enough but I […]
  • Tits and the like 23/11/2020
    I needed a change this morning and walked at Fornebu before then taking in the sights in Maridalen. The Bearded Tit pair showed exceptionally well in their normal spot and are clearly looking for more of their kin although I suspect it is now too late for any more to turn up. Otherwise there was […]
  • Weekend birds 22/11/2020
    Snow fell on Friday night and despite temperatures quickly rising above zero the snow remained on the ground in Maridalen through the weekend. Proper winters with lots of snow are one of the things I love about living in Oslo and hopefully this winter will see lots of the white stuff. Dog walking in The […]


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


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



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

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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