The Casual Birder Podcast
The Casual Birder Podcast
Suzy Buttress
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.” Find Suzy on Twitter @CasualBirderPod
Global Bird Weekend. Join our team #103
The Global Bird Weekend is coming up on October 8th - 10th 2021. The Casual Birder Podcast has entered a team and I'd love you to join us. In this mini-episode, I'll tell you more about the event and how you can be part of our team, wherever you are in the world. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:50 Global Bird Weekend Join our team for the Global Birding Weekend on October 8-10. There will be exclusive virtual events for members of the Casual Birder Podcast Team. Casual Birder Podcast Team sign-up: https://bit.ly/cbteam21 Global Birding site: https://globalbirding.org/ 00:03:03 Fundraising for Birdlife international JustGiving page for Team donations: https://bit.ly/teamdonation21 Past episode on Global Bird Weekend: https://casualbirder.com/episode78 00:03:55 Wrap & Close 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 https://www.dronesmusic.net/page.php?pageid=home Don't miss an episode - follow the show! The Casual Birder Podcast Website https://casualbirder.com/
Sep 4
4 min
Summer Birding Moments #102
In episode #102, hear about my lovely Robin encounter, listeners share their summer birding moments and find out how to join our team for the Global Bird Weekend in October. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:51  Introduction In case you missed it, last episode I spoke with Mike Drew, biodiversity advisor, licensed bird ringer and Nightingale population recorder. Mike told me about the incredible journeys that Nightingales make and how advances in technology have helped us understand the challenges they face in both their wintering and breeding locations.  Last episode 00:01:41 Suzy’s summer moments A trusting Robin gets its own supply of mealworms, and we hear the amazing call of a Nightjar 00:08:18 Your sightings We hear from Karin, Andrew, Nish, Gemma, Matthew, Marylee, and Christopher Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Pennsylvania Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Tell me about your bird sightings 00:20:04 Global Bird Weekend Join our team for the Global Birding Weekend on October 8-10. There will be exclusive virtual events for members of the Casual Birder Podcast Team. Casual Birder Podcast Team sign-up Global Birding site JustGiving page for Team donations Past episode on Global Bird Weekend 00:22:27 Please support the show Buy me a virtual coffee or two and help me create episode transcriptions. Transcriptions are an important aide to accessibility for some listeners, and require several hours of work. Your help will allow me to pay for their production. Buy me a virtual coffee 00:24:10 Last Call Description Paul Fenwick shares a morning soundscape from Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Reserve, Panama on the morning of 7th June 2021. It includes Rufous-browed Peppershrike and Clay-colored Thrush, and Mantled Howler Monkeys! See Paul’s eBird list from this morning here: Paul’s eBird list 00:25:43 Wrap & Close 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 Don't miss an episode - follow the show! The Casual Birder Podcast Website 00:26:08 Last Call Paul Fenwick shares 4 minutes of the morning soundscape from Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Reserve, Panama, 7th June 2021.    
Aug 31
30 min
#101 Focus on Birds: The Nightingale. A Conversation with Mike Drew
Mike Drew is a biodiversity advisor for Anglian Water and a licensed bird ringer. He has monitored and managed Nightingale nesting sites in the East of England for over a decade.  Mike shares his observations of this iconic bird and tells us about the research which helped inform habitat action plans produced by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology). This interview was originally live-streamed on May 20, 2021. The video recording can be found here. A special thanks to Nick Clayton for permission to use his photograph for the episode artwork. TImestamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:59 Promo: Last episode / Casual Birder Weekly 00:01:54 Conversation with Mike Drew 00:42:35 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee Tell me about your birds 00:43:16 Wrap and Close The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ 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
Jul 13
43 min
#100: Celebration!
Join Suzy and guests Stephanie Seymour and Marylee Stephenson for a celebration of reaching the podcast's 100 episode milestone. We also hear from past guests and friends of the show. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 0:00:57 Past episode Past episode 00:01:35  Casual Birder Weekly Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:01:57 Introduction 00:02:37 Congratulation messages Part 1 Paul Cheall - Fighting Through Podcast Guest on Episode 55 - My Norfolk Garden Birds Martin Austwick - Song by Song Podcast Guest on Episode 47 - Regent’s Park bird walk Steve O'Neill - Sharp The Podcast Friend of the Show Alan White - It’s a Podcast and a Gift Friend of the Show Keiron Lee Vine Guest on Episode 68 Isle of Wight bird walk Kate Shaw - Strange Animals Podcast Friend of the Show 00:06:40 Suzy's overview 00:09:30 Congratulation messages Part 2 Wil Treasure Friend of the Show Lev Parikian Guest on Episode 53 - London Wetlands Centre Bird walk Dom Patmore - Friend of the Show Karin Parker - Friend of the Show Mel Shepherd-Wells - Friend of the Show Stephanie Seymour Guest on Episode 69 - There Are Birds 00:14:32 Conversation with my Guests Part 1 Stephanie Seymour - ThereAreBirds.com Marylee Stephenson - On the Jog Marylee's YouTube channel 00:33:19 Congratulation messages Part 3 Andy Wang - Inspired Money podcast Friend of the Show Steph Fuccio - Geopats Podcast Network Friend of the Show Jessica Delisle - Retail Nightmares podcast Guest on Episode 14 Jays Købi - Flixwatcher podcast The Wire: Stripped Friend of the Show Rachael Horwitz - Hidden Wings and Bloodlust podcast Friend of the Show Faraaz Abdool Guest on Episode 98 - A Conversation with Faraaz Abdool Evo Terra - Podcasting Pontifications Guest on Episode 89 (Australian Birds - An Offbeat View with Evo Terra) Dr Amir Khan Guest on Episode 87 - Connecting with Nature 00:40:15 Conversation with my Guests Part 2 00:48:38 Congratulation messages Part 4 Paul & Donna - Varmints! podcast Friends of the Show Sara-Mae Tuson Friend of the Show Jeremy Schwartz Guest on Episode 20 - Wigeon & Teal Guest on Episode 60 - Backyard Birding Game Sarah Cooper Guest on Episode 52 - Bird Walk in Prospect Park Paul Fenwick - Friend of the Show 00:54:34 Conversation with my Guests Part 3 01:06:52 Congratulation messages Part 5 Anneke - Friend of the Show Christopher Outlaw - Friend of the Show 01:09:11 Support the show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 01:09:33 Keep in Touch Tell me about your bird sightings 01:09:46 Thanks 01:09:58 Wrap and Close The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ 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  
May 27
1 hr 10 min
#99 Global Big Day 2021
On May 8th 2021, bird watchers around the world took part in the Global Big Day. This 24-hour event encouraged birders to see as many species as possible within their local area. The Casual Birder Podcast entered a team to take part in the event. Members of the team had a range of birding experience, from novice to expert, and saw 430 species in locations in Australia, UK & Europe and North America. Hear about Suzy’s experience of the Big Day where she saw 54 species, visited two RSPB reserves and did a spot of garden bird watching from the bedroom window in the morning. Timestamps 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:17 Introduction Last episode Casual Birder Weekly 00:02:09 Global Big Day Description Global Birding website Past episode - Global Bird Weekend Donate to BirdLife International 00:05:36 Suzy's Big Day 00:06:39 Garden Birdwatch 00:11:33 RSPB North Warren RSPB North Warren BTO Skylark & Woodlark ID BTO Sedge & Reed Warbler RSPB Guide to Birdsong book 00:16:51 Thorpeness 00:19:03 Promo: Bird Feeder Report Suzy's Bird Feeder Report 00:19:30 RSPB Minsmere RSPB Minsmere LevParikian & Cetti's Warbler - Episode 53 00:27:28 South Mimms Services 00:30:52 Sightings from the Team 00:35:17 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee - Tip Jar 00:35:40 Keep in Touch Tell me about your bird sightings 00:36:11 Wrap & Close 00:36:35 Last Call      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  
May 17
42 min
#98 Focus on Birders: A Conversation with Faraaz Abdool
Faraaz Abdool is the author of Casual Birding in Trinidad and Tobago. He is also a noted photographer, tour leader and active member of the global birding community. This episode is an edited version of a Facebook Live conversation I had with Faraaz, in front of an audience from the show’s Facebook group. Faraaz tells me how he became a casual birder and shares some of his favourite birding moments.   Timestamps 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:01 Promo: Last episode / Casual Birder Weekly Last Episode - Malibu Bird Walk Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:01:41 Faraaz Abdool Conversation Part 1 00:21:25 Promo: Suzy's Bird Feeder Report Suzy's Bird Feeder Report 00:21:51 Faraaz Abdool Conversation Part 2 Faraaz Abdool on Instagram Faraaz's website 00:36:49 Global Big Day Sign up to our team Donate to BirdLife International 00:38:07 Episode 100 - your help needed Send your message for Episode 100 00:38:33 Support the show Buy me a virtual coffee 00:38:53 Wrap and Close   The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/   Don't miss an episode - follow the show wherever you listen. 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
May 5
39 min
#97 Bird Walk: Malibu Lagoon State Beach, California
Suzy takes us on a solo bird walk at Malibu Lagoon in California where she sees Marbled Godwit, Caspian Tern and Snowy Plover. Time stamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:54  Promo for last episode & newsletter Past episode Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:01:43 Introduction to Bird Walk 00:21:23 Global Big Day Register here - Global Birding Join the team email list Donate to BirdLife International 00:23:16 Episode 100 - your help required  00:23:52 Keep in Touch Tell me about your bird sightings 00:48:09 Support the show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:24:38 Wrap and Close 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
Apr 24
25 min
#96 Meet My Garden Birds, Hampshire, U.K.
This week’s episode was originally created for International Podcast Month, September 2020, and released on their podcast feed.   Over the past year, many of us have been seeking solace in nature. As I have remained at home much of the time since the lockdowns began, my garden birds have provided interest and distraction.  In episode 96, I provide an audio portrait of the 13 bird species that regularly visited my garden during 2020, including:   - what they look like,  - how they sound, and   - some of the behaviours and interactions I've noticed. If you live in the UK, this episode will help you to identify some of the more common birds found in our gardens and parks. Wherever you live, I hope it will encourage you to look more closely at your own local birds, and maybe consider keeping a journal of their appearance and behaviours. Time stamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:31  Introduction Past episode 00:06:25  Promo Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:07:27 Eurasian Blue Tit 00:09:39 Great Tit 00:11:23 European Goldfinch 00:13:44 House Sparrow 00:16:35 Dunnock 00:18:24 European Robin 00:20:54 Eurasian Blackbird 00:23:57 Episode 100 - your help required / Podchaser #Reviews4Good Podchaser Link 00:25:08 Eurasian Magpie 00:28:40 Eurasian Jackdaw 00:31:41 Rook 00:36:42 Common Wood Pigeon 00:41:57 Eurasian Collared Dove 00:43:26 Red-legged Partridge 00:47:52 Keep in Touch Tell me about your bird sightings 00:48:09 Support the show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:48:27 Wrap and Close 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
Apr 12
48 min
#95: Week 6 - Lockdown Birdwatching Diaries
In episode 95, Suzy shares the sixth of her audio diaries documenting the birds seen in her neighbourhood, from the week of Tuesday 9th to Monday 15th February, 2021. We also find out what birds listeners were seeing that week. Time stamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:00:52  Introduction Past episode 00:01:30  Promo Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:02:17 Audio Diary begins  00:21:26 Your sightings 00:24:12 Episode 100 - your help required! 00:24:33 Support the show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com Tell me about your bird sightings 00:25:25 Wrap and Close   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
Apr 6
25 min
#94 Benedict Macdonald: Rebirding our countryside
In episode 94, we meet Benedict Macdonald, conservationist and author of the award-winning “Rebirding - restoring Britain’s wildlife”. Benedict dispels some popular myths about our countryside, and presents compelling reasons for the reintroduction of particular species. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:29 Introduction 00:02:29 Interview begins Benedict Macdonald on Twitter Benedict's website 00:39:48 Keep in Touch Tell me about your bird sighting Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup Leave me a voice message 00:40:22 Wrap and Close The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ 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  
Mar 29
40 min
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