Guide to Birding Blogs
Real Blogs by Real People
I decided to put a collection of all my favorite birding blogs all in one place on one lens. These are all blogs that are written by real people who write about birds either as a hobby or a profession. One of the blogs that I mention actually has entries by invited "guest authors" but, otherwise, the blogs are all written by the people who run them and use their own personal photographs. I also added a link to my own blog, "Killdeers, Phoebes and Finches" (I may change the name later on). And, I included the first 100 words or images of most of the blogs.
There are actually a lot of birding blogs out there, not just the ones I mention. I'm only listing a few of my favorites, but will add a link plexo so that other people can add their favorites, too. I would love to hear about other birding blogs.
The photo in this module is of a least sandpiper that I took in the South Bay Saltworks salt ponds in Chula Vista, California. All the photos in this lens were taken from me and not, necessarily, from the blogs that the modules are about. However, some people do put photos in their first paragraphs of their blogs and they do show up on this lens.
Killdeers, Phoebes and Finches (and Ducks!)
This is my own blog about my own birding experiences. You can find a link to it here
In it I show the photos I take with my own camera and the birds I see and report on . I follow many regulars at my home patch such as the domestic ducks and the killdeer families. Most of the posts are centered around Lake Murray in San Diego, California. But, I also bird elsewhere and sometimes do volunteer work involving birds.
The link to my blog is listed here.
Bird Chick, aka Sharon Stiteler, is a popular birder and writer who has a blog and Twitter account among other things. She does all her own writing, podcasting, photography, and editing on her own (well, I think her husband helps a bit). She's very witty and you can learn a lot from her. She has had various jobs working in the outdoors and nature. The link to her blog is listed here
I hand-picked each one of these books to help enhance your enjoyment of the birding experience. I also would like to suggest a couple of apps if you have an Apple device: iBird and Audubon Birds. There are others, but those are the two I enjoy the most.
Great information and photos on how to identify common backyard birds. It's always good to have a decent bird guide.
Learn bird basics and how to identify birds. Sibley's has excellent and accurate illustrations.
Tails of Birding
This blog is run by Chris Petrak. He is a birding hobbyist who takes great photos. A friend got him into birdwatching 30 years ago. He lives in Vermont, so many of his posts are about birds around the eastern United States. But, he also travels abroad a lot. See his blog here
Dawn's Bloggy Blog
Dawn and Jeff travel around the country looking at birds, hiking, doing all kinds of outdoor activities and writing about them. Her blog originally started in order to keep her family informed about all her travels, but she has grown a following. Not all her posts are about birds and nature, but many of them are.
You can read the feed below or visit the blog here
10,000 birds actually has several authors and "guest authors" on the site. The blog was originally founded by Mike Bergin, but now has several writers working for them. You can visit this blog by clicking here
Other Blogs of Note
These blogs represent other active birding bloggers who post frequently.
- Bill of the Birds on Blogspot
Run by Bill Thompson III and has excellent photos of many different species.
- Rosyfinch Ramblings
Rosyfinch Ramblings is managed by Ken (last name unknown) from New Mexico who travels around the country photographing birds and wildlife.
- Round Robin
This blog is actually run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
- Birding Is Fun!
This blog is mostly run by Robert Mortensen, but several other promenant birders contribute to this blog with lots of beautiful photographs.
- Bird Girl Alcatraz
Bird Girl is a resident of northern California and writes about the birds in her area. Unfortunately, she has not updated it recently.
- Birding with Kenn and Kimberly
Kenn Kaufman and his wife Kimberly blog about their birding adventures.
- Birds & Blooms Blog
Birds & Blooms is North America's #1 birding and gardening magazine. Our regional blog gives information and advice customized to your backyard.
Thinking of starting a blog?
How about starting your own blog on birds or whatever you like. I started mine on Blogger, but many bloggers rave about WordPress. If it wasn't for the fact that I've been on Blogger for so long, I would move everything to WordPress. I'm told it has a lot of features that Blogger doesn't have.
If you know of a blog I should include on this page, drop me a note in the comments or through the message system and I'll check it out.