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Birdwatching Dot Com is about wild birds and the sport of birding. It's for everyone who's interested in bird watching and enjoying nature.


BIRD BRAIN FOR THE MAC

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BIRD BRAIN 7.2  
World Birding Database for the Mac

New version Bird Brain 7.2 is now available!
You can download a FREE TRIAL.
Bird Brain

Bird Brain is a birding database for Macintosh computers.

Use Bird Brain to record your sightings and keep your life list, photos, QuickTime movies, notes, and other files.

Bird Brain 6.1Enter any amount of information with each record.

Bird Brain makes all kinds of life lists. It creates checklists and target lists for 200 nations and any US state or Canadian province. Nearly any bird report you can want, Bird Brain will create.

We can do a custom import of your AviSys data to Bird Brain for $20.

Read more about Bird Brain...    

Buy Bird Brain

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HOLIDAY SPECIAL
SHORT-TERM SPECIAL PRICE

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EAGLE OPTICS SHRIKE 8X42

Thousands of birders have got their start in birding with an 8x42 Shrike binocular.

ShrikeIt's the least expensive binocular you can buy that works with glasses.
And is waterproof.
And is easy to use.
With good optics!

It comes with a lifetime no-fault warranty that covers accidental damage!

Usually $99.95.

Holiday Special $79.95

The Eagle Optics Shrike

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REVIEW by MICHAEL & DIANE

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Top Binocular Review Update
March, 2017
Since our 2015 Titans review of the top Leica, Swarovski, and Zeiss binoculars, all three manufacturers have brought out new models.

The Titans

Michael and Diane Porter do a hands-on, side-by-side comparison and report on the 2016 Swarovski EL with FieldPro Package, the 2016 black Zeiss SF, and the completely new-in-2017 Leica Noctivid.
See the whole article.

 

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GUEST PHOTO
Dark-eyed Junco by Meg Earsley

Blue-gray GnatcatcherPhoto copyright 2017 Megan Earsley

In her Fairfield, Iowa, yard, Meg Earsley saw a Dark-eyed Junco that had "Wait a minute!" written all over it. Some of this bird's feathers are missing their normal pigmentation, causing white patches where you would expect to see dark gray.

This condition is called "leucism." While it is not considered rare, it's not something a birder sees every day.

To see a larger picture, click here.

Thank you, Meg, for permission to share your unusual photo with visitors to Birdwatching Dot Com.

See past guest photos

 
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 THIS MORNING OUTSIDE
with Diane

Red-breasted Nuthatch

An old city cemetery with ancient trees can be a GREAT place to watch birds. 

The Red-breasted Nuthatch flips upside-down and does an impossibly deep back bend. He receives the jubilant admiration of spruce trees. And the prize? The gold medallion — a flat seed, slipped from between the scales of an opening cone.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Morning Outside IndexSee larger image

Want more?

To see more episodes of This Morning Outside with Diane, click the picture matrix.

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LATEST NEW INFO ON TRIPODS

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TRIPOD KITS 2017

Vortex Razor HD 50mmThere's a bewildering number of tripods and heads. So we studied and tested them. Here are the best solutions for birders.

They range from affordable aluminum to top-line Gitzo carbon fiber. Each matched to the right head. Something for every price range.


  BINOCULAR FAVORITES

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Our Binocular Faves
Michael and Diane's personal picks in binoculars, from the least expensive good binoculars to the ultimate in high-end optics. Many come with free shipping.

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  GREAT GIFTS FOR BIRDERS

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SpecialsGifts for birdwatchers. Many specials and closeouts on great binoculars.

Our pick of the best high-quality bargain spotting scope. Feeders and birdbaths for a backyard bird oasis.

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OTHER OPTICS REVIEWS

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Affordable 8x42 Binoculars
Report on birding binoculars — $200 to $300
Team IowaRead how the judges rated each affordable binocular. And how to audition a binocular for yourself.
See whole article

Pocket Binocular Reviews
Feb. 2017 Birdwatching Dot Com exclusive
Here are links to our reviews of compact binoculars of a variety of prices, and an overview of what a birder hopes to find in a good pocket binocular.
See our review.

Swarovski CL PocketSwarovski CL Pocket
Swarovski's new pocket binocular is good enough to use as a birder's full-time binocular. See Michael and Diane's hands-on review.

Best-of-the-best Bins Review
May, 2012 Bird Watcher's Digest
We review high-end binoculars in the 8x42 size class, selling for $600 and up. Review includes bargain 2nd-tier binoculars by Zeiss, Swarovski, and Leica.
See our review.

 
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  BIRDING STARTER KIT

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Starter KitHere are the essentials for a successful start in bird watching. We offer several Birdwatching Starter Kits at a range of prices.

A great favorite is the Better Birdwatching Starter Kit, with a Shrike binocular, a field guide to help you identify the birds you see, and our own DVD, How to Start Watching Birds.

 

In the Birdwatching Dot Com store, we offer bird feeders, bird baths, and bird houses. These are things to transform your backyard into an oasis of wildlife for you to enjoy. You'll find squirrel-proof feeders, hummingbird feeders, and various artistic feeders. Get a birdhouse for your wrens, or attract purple martins with purple martin gourds and houses. We have birding DVDs and audio CDs, birding software, binoculars, scopes, and tripods for every need and every budget.

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