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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.


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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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SPRING SPECIAL
FREE HARNESS & BIRDING DVD

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VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 8X42

DiamondbackWe like the Vortex Diamondback. It's our best -selling binocular, and it sets the standard for good, reliable optics in the medium price range.

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

Limited-time offer: With each 8x42 Vortex Diamondback binocular you purchase from Birdwatching Dot Com, we'll include a free Vortex Harness and our birding DVD, "How to Start Watching Birds."  $219.99.

Vortex Diamondback 8x42

VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 8X42 binocular
FREE VORTEX HARNESS
FREE BIRDING DVD

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GUEST PHOTO
Snowy Owl by Kathy Tollenaere

Snowy Owl by Kathy TollenaerePhoto copyright 2018 Kathy Tollenaere

Kathy Tollenaere reveled in the Midwestern winter by spotting this Snowy Owl on a birding trip to Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Thank you, Kathy, for permission to share your beautiful photo with visitors to Birdwatching Dot Com.

To see a larger picture, click here.

See past guest photos

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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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 THIS MORNING OUTSIDE
with Diane

Gray-headed Catbird

My neighbor, Gray Catbird, is making a lot of noise now. He and another catbird perch in adjacent trees and sort of meow at each other.

This is not like the operatic songs he sings in spring. That's pretty much over now. This is summer talk. It sounds to me like jeers or insults, but maybe it's simply a friendly chat.

This Morning Outside IndexClick to hear his mew.

Want more?

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

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SWAROVSKI BTX REVIEW

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THE TWO-EYED SCOPE

Swarovski BTX
(February, 2018)Swarovski BTX

The new Swarovski BTX Ocular Module lets you see through a superb spotting scope while using both eyes!

Your brain is designed to compare images coming from two eyes to construct what you see. Using two eyes makes the image more real, richer, and more natural.

Michael and Diane give a guided tour through this new and revolutionary optical product.

See our review.

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NEW REVIEW — POCKET BINS

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POCKET BINOCULARS 2018

We review 14 pocket binoculars. Prices range from top end to dirt cheap.

Individual reviews of 10 noteworthy binoculars. 

This review originally appeared in the January 2018 Bird Watcher's Digest.

READ THE REVIEW

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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

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.

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 binoculars and spotting scopes, and we review them personally. You can also find bird feeders and bird baths here. We have squirrel-proof feeders, cardinal feeders, and hummingbird feeders.We'll help you attract purple martins with housing audio CDs. We make Bird Brain birding software for the Mac. And we report on bird trips.

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