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Upcoming bird books you don’t want to miss

Drew Weber|

Snowy Owl at Jones Beach SP (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

There are many great bird books and field guides that were recently released, or are still going to be released this year. Check out our top list of our favorites and what we think are the most promising. Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul Covering 39 species of owls, this book includes detailed …


Guest Review: Birding for the Curious

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We are excited to post this review by Brooke McDonald, an avid reader of Nemesis Bird (or maybe not, but we like the sound of it). Brooke is a freelance writer and editor in Northern California. In her free time she birds, gardens, plays with her dogs, and researches an obscure Calvinist sect. Birding for the Curious by Nate Swick …


Kickstarter Find: Here earbuds – Change The Way You Hear Birds

Drew Weber|

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  There is a pretty interesting product on Kickstarter right now that could find a niche in birding. The Here wireless earbuds promise to do one thing and do it well – allow you to customize how you hear real world sounds. You can think of it as hacking your ears. Here allows you to adjust the volume of sounds, change …


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New update for the Sibley iPhone app

Drew Weber|

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I was excited to see a few weeks ago that there was an update on my iPhone for one of my favorite apps- the Sibley eGuide to Birds of North America. It wasn’t quite as exciting as I hoped however, because it did not include the newest content from Sibley’s updated 2nd edition. It was instead a very overdue update to the user …


Warbler Guide app preview

Drew Weber|

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  The Warbler Guide app is getting closer to release, and here is a preview of some of its features. It looks like it will have a very easy and intuitive way to figure out which species you are looking at it the field. Will you be picking this up for your phone or tablet?


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See the weather in a whole new way

Andy McGann|

Grounbreaking rendering of the airflowing over the surface of the earth. This site is seriously worth exploring. It's magnificent.

Savvy birders are meteorologically astute. They keep an eye out for what may be arriving with the next airmass, wrung out of the skies by an approaching front, or even just a pop-up thunderstorm on an otherwise migration-friendly day. In the age of smartphones and apps, it’s now more convenient than ever to stay abreast of changing weather conditions. Anyone …


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Liveblog – We’re at the Birding Optics and Gear Expo!

Tim Schreckengost|

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Bird Watcher’s Digest is hosting a free try-before-you-buy event, the Birding Optics and Gear Expo, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. I’ll be hanging out at the Phone Skope booth all weekend, so if you’re in the area, swing by to talk about digiscoping, birding, the new Sibley Guide, and anything else birding or nonbirding …


First look: Leica Televid Extender 1.8x

Drew Weber|

Leica Extender 1.8x on APO-Televid 82mm

We are excited to share an exclusive first look at a prototype of the new Leica Extender 1.8x for the APO-Televid scopes. As with all prototypes, it is likely that the Extender 1.8x will be further refined before the actual product release. That being said, the Extender 1.8x that I tested felt very polished and I had no trouble popping …


eBook Review: The World’s Rarest Birds

Charlotte Wasylik|

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The World’s Rarest Birds by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, and Robert Still; published by Princeton University Press (April 2013). The World’s Rarest Birdsbegan as an international photo competition held by BirdLife International, to assemble a collection of photographs and to document birds around the globe listed as Endangered, Critically Endangered, Extinct in the Wild, and Data Deficient on theInternational Union …