Avian Beauty

20 EpisodesProduced by Scott BourneWebsite

Avian Beauty is the bird-lovers' podcast. It's all about birding.

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Avian Beauty Podcast #20

September 13th, 2019


Today's Avian Beauty podcast will be a departure. Instead of talking about a specific bird, I'll be sharing some basic tips on how to enjoy birdwatching, or birding as those of us in the trenches call it.

The first …

Avian Beauty Podcast #19

September 6th, 2019


Bird Songs - Hummingbirds

Birds are like mother nature's juke box. Their songs and sounds fill the morning air.

Birds have different kinds of calls. …

Again Beauty Podcast #18

August 30th, 2019


Last week we talked about why birds matter. But some people have birds that they just don't like. What are some of the least popular birds in the USA?

Avian Beauty Podcast #17

August 23rd, 2019


Why should birds matter to you or me? Simple - birds can save us - but only if we can save them first.

Beyond culture, color and the enrichment that …

Avian Beauty Podcast #16

August 16th, 2019


What's the most popular bird in the United States? Well if you guessed Bald Eagle - you'd be right. But what about the second most popular bird? …

Avian Beauty Podcast #15

August 9th, 2019


Last week on Avian Beauty, I talked about the role of owls in our culture. This week, it’s the eagle’s turn.

Whether it’s music, the written word or …

Avian Beauty Podcast #14

August 2nd, 2019


Based on response I get to this podcast and to my bird photography, it's safe to say that people love raptors and particularly owls. (One exception …

Avian Beauty Podcast #13

July 26th, 2019


The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is a successful hunter. Early naturalists called these owls "winged tigers" because of their ferocity. While …

Avian Beauty Podcast #12

July 19th, 2019


Imagine that you're a mourning dove - happily flying around when all of a sudden, you see a terrifying peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) flying …

Avian Beauty Podcast #11

July 12th, 2019


Thankfully - birders only need one thing to be successful - they need birds. And finding birds is easy - if you know where to look.

I live in the …

Avian Beauty Podcast #10

July 5th, 2019


You light a fire with a simple spark. And in birding, that first bird that really captures your attention and makes you fall in love with birds and birdwatching is called your "spark bird."

For some people, it's a regal …

Avian Beauty Podcast #9

June 28th, 2019


If you hang out with birders for any length of time, you'll eventually come upon the term, "lifer." In a sentence, you'll hear it used like "That bird was a lifer for me."

Simply put, a lifer is a bird you observe for …

Avian Beauty Podcast #8

June 21st, 2019


I am a lucky guy. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and in my backyard, it's very easy to meet up with a Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri).

There are jays in every corner of the USA. But each region …

Avian Beauty Podcast #7

June 14th, 2019


Do you have a favorite diner? Maybe you just love grandma's home cooking. All of us have a favorite dish. Well if you're a bird, native flowers, berries and seeds are the best meal available and your backyard can be …

Avian Beauty Podcast #6

June 7th, 2019


Do you recognize that sound? It's very possible you've heard it emanating from your own back yard. It's the song of a northern cardinal; one of the …

Avian Beauty Podcast #5

May 31st, 2019


The cry of the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is memorable - the golden eagle is one of the best known birds of prey in the northern hemisphere. …

Avian Beauty Podcast #4

May 24th, 2019


This episode of Avian Beauty starts with a quiz...

The term "king of birds" relates to:

  1. A song by R.E.M. from the album Document.
  2. Garuda, the king …

Avian Beauty Podcast #3

May 17th, 2019


What do bees, bugs and butterflies have in common with birds - other than the fact that they can fly? Birds are great pollinators. Somewhere between …

Avian Beauty Podcast #2

May 10th, 2019


That's the sound of a Lucifer Hummingbird - one of more than 300 species of hummingbird in the world. And while only two dozen or so of …

Avian Beauty Podcast #1

May 5th, 2019


The call of an American Goldfinch starts us off today on Avian Beauty which is something of a brand new journey for me. While I have hosted many …

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