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Suzy shares the joy of watching wild birds, from her garden visitors in southern England to birds seen internationally.
Learn how to identify species, notice their behaviours, and recognize songs and calls.
Join Suzy for recorded bird outings, interviews with experts and enthusiasts, and stories from birders around the world.

Suzy says: “Birding is a great pastime. It can be done with others or alone. You don't need expensive equipment, your eyes or ears are enough. And best of all, the Casual… Continue Reading >>
Suzy shares the joy of watching wild birds, from her garden visitors in southern England to birds seen internationally.
Learn how to identify species, notice their behaviours, and recognize songs and calls.
Join Suzy for recorded bird outings, interviews with experts and enthusiasts, and stories from birders around the world.

Suzy says: “Birding is a great pastime. It can be done with others or alone. You don't need expensive equipment, your eyes or ears are enough. And best of all, the Casual Birder can do as much or as little birding as suits them. It's perfect for fitting into our busy schedules.”

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Stephen Moss at Global BirdFair #113 Join me as I chat with author and broadcaster Stephen Moss at the 2022 Global BirdFair. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening and Theme song 00:00:43 Last Episode - Casual Birding on a Shetland Beach Last episode 00:00:52 Introduction to chat 00:02:17 Chat with Stephen Moss Stephen's website 00:12:51 Comments on Global BirdFair 00:14:26 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:14:43   Shout out to the people I met at Global BirdFair 00:16:41   Podcast Recommendation: For What It’s Earth podcast 00:17:04 Keep in Touch Tell me about the birds you see 00:17:10 Wrap and Close Website:  The Casual Birder Podcast   Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
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Stephen Moss at Global BirdFair #113 Join me as I chat with author and broadcaster Stephen Moss at the 2022 Global BirdFair. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening and Theme song 00:00:43 Last Episode - Casual Birding on a Shetland Beach Last episode 00:00:52 Introduction to chat 00:02:17 Chat with Stephen Moss Stephen's website 00:12:51 Comments on Global BirdFair 00:14:26 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:14:43   Shout out to the people I met at Global BirdFair 00:16:41   Podcast Recommendation: For What It’s Earth podcast 00:17:04 Keep in Touch Tell me about the birds you see 00:17:10 Wrap and Close Website:  The Casual Birder Podcast   Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Casual Birding on a Shetland Beach #112 In this episode, join Shetland resident Natasha and me as we sit at a quiet bay watching the birds that happen by.   00:00:00 Pre-roll and Theme song Global Birdfair 00:01:17  Opening & Announcements Last Episode -  Bird Chat with The Edinburgh Birdwatcher Last episode 00:01:31 Sitting at Lingness with Natasha 00:16:32 Avian influenza If you come across dead or ill birds, do not touch them. Please report them as soon as possible to the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77.   00:17:40 Nestbox News I am an affiliate of Garden Nature so when you use my link to buy their products, I'll get a small percentage of the proceeds at no extra expense to you. And listeners to The Casual Birder Podcast can get 10% off their order by using the voucher code CBP10. https://bit.ly/GardenatureCBP 00:18:55 Friendly birders I have met https://twitter.com/barnsleybirder https://www.instagram.com/vannilla/ https://www.instagram.com/iangrayimages/ 00:21:13 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:22:03 What have you seen? Tell me about your bird sightings 00:22:15 Wrap and Close   Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Bird Chat with The Edinburgh Birdwatcher #111 Euan, The Edinburgh Birdwatcher, is celebrating 20 years of birding. He tells Suzy about his birding style and what birdwatching means to him. Also, there’s big news from the Blue Tits that Suzy is watching via remote camera and, in Last Call, listen to a glorious, uninterrupted 5 minutes of dawn chorus birdsong from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Timestamps & Links 00:00:00 Pre-roll and intro music 00:00:56  Opening & Announcements Last Episode - Springtime Birding Last episode Global Big Day On 14th May The Casual Birder Podcast Team will be taking part in the Global Big Day on 14th May 2022 . I would love you to join us! We will all be birding in our own locations, and sharing our checklists to the team account giving us a combined total of species for the team. You do not have to be an expert to take part, and you can bird from your back garden if you wish. There will be exclusive team events in the run-up to the Big Day so sign up now! Join the team for the Global Big Day Podchaser’s #Reviews4Good  During April, Podchaser runs #Reviews4Good - donating 25 cents  for every podcast review, and doubling it when the podcaster posts a reply. This year’s charity is World Central Kitchen, which provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. Leave a review for The Casual Birder Podcast here: 00:02:58 Euan, The Edinburgh Birdwatcher, Part 1 The Edinburgh Birdwatcher website  00:14:15 Podcast Promo - The Wild Podcast The Wild Podcast 00:15:12 Euan, The Edinburgh Birdwatcher, Part 2 00:23:28 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:24:22 Euan, The Edinburgh Birdwatcher, Part 3 Euan's past appearances Episode 48 Euan's past appearances Episode 74 00:37:08 Suzy’s birding notes Suzy has been visiting the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire and spent a lovely day birding with listener Anneke. 00:41:12 Nestbox News The Blue Tits have been busy: 11 eggs being incubated in one box, and a nest finally being built in the other 00:44:28 What have you seen? Tell me about your bird sightings 00:46:06 Wrap and Close 00:46:50 Last Call Last Call is an uninterrupted recording of bird song and sounds from a specific location, that gives you a flavour of what it was like to be there. This episode, Last Call is provided by John Buttress, recorded in the Forest of Dean on 16th April 2022 at 6:00am In the layers of sound you can hear: Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Nuthatch, Blue Tit, the high-pitched call of a Goldcrest, Wren, Blackcap, Stock Dove, a Pheasant calling and flapping its wings in display and a great Spotted Woodpecker drumming   Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Springtime Birding #110 Spring has arrived!  Find out what we saw during our group Spring Equinox birding, and there's big news from our nestbox cam. Also, hear how you can join our team for the Global Big Day! More information and the episode transcript can be found at Episode 110 home page Time codes and Links 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:00  Introduction Last episode 00:03:49 Spring Equinox birding Live Webcam of Rutland Ospreys 00:12:08 Group birding event and reports eBird Trip report 00:21:58 Global Big Day Join The Casual Birder Podcast Team 00:23:20 Nestbox News 00:26:40 Garden Nature Offer Use offer code CBP10 to get 10% off your purchase As an affiliate of Garden Nature, The Casual Birder Podcast receives a small percentage of the proceeds at no extra expense to you when you use my link to buy their products Garden Nature affiliate link 00:27:41 Your bird sightings 00:31:25 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:32:17 Top 5 Birds 00:34:55 Reviews 4 Good 00:35:49 Keep in touch Tell me about your bird sightings 00:35:58 Wrap and Close 00:36:23 Last call - Eider, Isle of Rum, Scotland   Website: CasualBirder.com Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Birding in Belize - Trip report #109 Kate Shaw, from Strange Animals Podcast shares a delightful trip report about the birds she saw on a recent vacation to Belize. It was a family vacation rather than a pure birding trip, but she still managed to squeeze in a day's birding with a guide. In addition, Kate took note of the birds around her while at the beach or while walking to the next village. And Suzy shows how Kate used the key bird identification tools to narrow down the species she was seeing in Belize. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:15 Introduction Past episode - Birding in 2022 00:03:06 Kate Shaw - trip report Do listen to Kate's show: Strange Animals Podcast. It's a weekly science-based podcast about strange animals: living, extinct, and imaginary! Strange Animals Podcast Where Kate stayed in Belize: The Lodge at Jaguar Reef 00:22:23 Tools for identifying birds 00:24:53 Keep in touch - and share your trip reports Tell me about your bird sightings 00:25:10 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:39:04 Wrap and Close   Website: The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Birding in 2022 #108 Looking ahead to birding in 2022. Suzy wants to see more species this year than in 2021. She has plans! Suzy has been out and about already this year. She tells us about the reserves and locations she has visited, and the birds seen there. Plus, we hear from listeners what birds they've been seeing. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:00 Introduction Past episode 00:01:32 My birding plans for 2022 00:05:34 Support the Show Contribute to the show’s tip jar 00:06:34 My Year list so far 00:18:18 Tell others about the show 00:20:07 My birding notes 00:23:05 Your plans for 2022 00:26:01 I gave a talk! Orange Audubon Society YouTube 00:27:01 Your bird sightings 00:33:47 Audience survey Link to survey 00:34:24 Upcoming events in the birding calendar Global Birdfair website 00:38:41 Keep in touch Tell me about your bird sightings 00:39:04 Wrap and Close   The Casual Birder Podcast website Leave me a message Credits: Show artwork - Randy Braun  Theme music - Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones  Check out their website
Great Backyard Bird Count #107 A short episode to alert you to two events currently on: the Great Backyard Bird Count, and National Nextbox Week. Due to delays in my episode production, the next episode will be too late to tell you about these two events. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 18-21 Feb 2022 What started as a way to collect data on birds visiting backyards in North America, is now a global event that provides data helping researchers learn about bird populations. Anyone can take part -  just watch birds for 15 minutes or more and submit your checklist to the eBird or Merlin mobile apps or the eBird website. Visit the official website for more information. And follow along with the event on the eBird GBBC page where you can filter sightings and recent checklists by region on a page tailored to the Great Backyard Bird Count. National Nestbox Week 14-21 Feb 2022 Organised by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) the event encourages people to put up nest boxes to help breeding birds, needed because many natural sites are disappearing. It’s also a great way to feel connected with nature, when you see birds raising their young nearby. Find out more at the BTO's website The Casual Birder Podcast website Leave me a message Contribute to the show’s tip jar Credits: Show artwork - Randy Braun  Theme music - Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones  Check out their website
Best birding moments of 2021 #106 It’s become a custom at the end of each year to review the bird species we’ve seen and recall the wonderful birding moments that we’ve had.  In this episode I look back at the birds I saw in 2021 and share my favourite birding memories. Listeners also tell us about their stand out birding moments from the year. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:51 Past episode 105 Garden Birding at Pagham Harbour U.K. 00:01:22 Audience Survey  Audience survey 00:02:30 My Birding Year - Overview Lockdown Birdwatching Diaries 00:08:46 Share the show on social media 00:09:32 My birding year by month Suzy’s tour leader in Scotland: Mike Dilger A Shot of Wildlife WatchRWildlife 00:34:23 Support the show Contribute to the tip jar 00:35:32 Your sightings Tell Suzy about your birding stories 00:44:14 Events in 2022 RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch - Take part Episode 85: Big Garden Birdwatch Global Birdfair 00:45:43 Wrap and Close Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - follow the show!
Garden Birding at Pagham Harbour, UK #105 Join Suzy for a morning's birding in a country garden at Pagham Harbour, West Sussex. Suzy also tells us about her recent birding trips, a Magpie and Squirrel encounter in her garden, and we hear trip reports from listeners in California and the UK. Timestamps and Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:46 Past episode 104 Birding with Keiron Lee Vine on the Isle of Wight 00:01:09 Suzy’s recent birding trips Suzy’s tour leader in Scotland: Mike Dilger 00:07:00 Support the show Buy Suzy a virtual coffee 00:07:23 Magpie and Squirrel encounter 00:14:06 Your sightings Paul’s eBird trip report Tell Suzy about your birding stories 00:17:41 Garden birding at Pagham Harbour 00:37:19 Suzy appears on other podcasts The Birding Life Terrible Lizards Beyond Blathers Sharp, The Podcast Podcasters Live 00:40:00 Wrap and Close Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net   The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - follow the show!
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