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
Casual birding in Panama City #128
John and Suzy share their first experiences with the stunning birds of Panama City, and we hear from Edwin, their professional guide, who took them birding in the Metropolitan Nature Park. Links Sign up to our Team for the October Big Day Fundraiser for BirdLife International    Past Episode Past episode: Slow birding with Bridget Butler   Support the show Tell me about your birding Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com The Casual Birder Bird Club - sign up   The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ 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
Sep 20, 2023
47 min
Slow birding: the practice of mindful observation with Bridget Butler #127
Bridget Butler, also known as the Bird Diva, did not originally have a passion for birds.  But seeing an Indigo Bunting one morning sparked her birding interest.  Finding support and encouragement in the Vermont birding community Bridget developed an interest in slow birding. Bridget encourages the observation of birds as a holistic, mindful practice rather than a race to spot the most species.  She now teaches the practice of slow birding, encouraging others to embrace a slower, more contemplative approach. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00  Opening Sign up to our Team for the October Big Day 00:01:12  Past Episode Past episode: Beccy Speight and Patricia Zurita 00:01:59 Introduction 00:03:21 Conversation with Bridget Butler begins Bird Diva website Intro to Slow Birding Get 25% off the cost of the course with the code CASUALBIRDER25. 00:21:26 Promo for The Wilder Skies Podcast 00:22:01 More about Slow Birding 00:53:20 Keep in touch and support the show Tell me about your birding Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com The Casual Birder Bird Club - sign up Fundraiser for BirdLife International 00:54:03 Wrap and Close   The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ 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
Sep 5, 2023
54 min
Collaborative leadership in conservation - Beccy Speight & Patricia Zurita #126
Beccy Speight (Chief Executive of the RSPB) and Patricia Zurita (former CEO of BirdLife International and now Chief Strategy Officer of Conservation International) join Suzy to share their insight on changing perceptions and overcoming challenges as women in the conservation community. And we hear how each would spend a fantasy birding day. Recorded at Global Birdfair 2023 Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00  Opening The October Big Day takes place this year on October 14th and The Casual Birder Podcast will again be entering a team. We will also be supporting BirdLife International. Help us reach our fundraising target! Just Giving link 00:01:12  Past Episode Past episode: Focus on Birders: Chiara Talia 00:01:30 Introduction 00:02:32 Conversation with Beccy and Patricia begins 00:03:13 Patricia Zurita introduces BirdLife International and her path to joining the organisation. 00:05:26 Beccy Speight introduces the work of the RSPB and her background in conservation. 00:07:49 Beccy shares two birding memories that inspired her 00:09:00 Engaging with communities  00:09:40 Patricia shares the International perspective 00:11:48 Beccy speaks of the power of documentaries like Wild Isles to raise awareness 00:14:22 Overcoming Challenges and Changing Perceptions 00:17:06 The Importance of Collaboration and Diversity in Leadership 00:20:00 A fantasy birding day: where would you go, what you see? 00:20:15 Patricia - New Hummingbird species in Ecuador    00:20:45 Beccy - Shetland soundscapes BirdLife International RSPB 00:22:00 Suzy’s Birding 00:22:02 In search of a Nightjar 00:25:31 Stone-Curlew 00:27:38 Mis-identifying a Common Tern 00:28:18 Support the Show Contribute to the show's tip jar 00:28:46 Keep in touch Tell me about your birding The Casual Birder Bird Club - sign up 00:29:10 Wrap and Close 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 The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/
Aug 30, 2023
29 min
Focus on Birders: Chiara Talia #125
Chiara Talia's gorgeous photographs, along with her tips on how to improve at both birding and bird photography, make her Instagram account a must for everyone's feed. In this episode, Chiara tells Suzy how a walk in the park, and a chance encounter with a European Robin, led to a passion for bird photography and a pathway to healing at a time when she was struggling with her mental health. We also hear about her experiences using a floating bird hide in Slovenia, and her search for the Southern Cassowary in Australia. Timestamps & Links 00:00:09  Opening The Casual Birder Bird Club - sign up 00:01:09  Past Episode Past episode: Mel Shepherd-Wells 00:01:25 Introduction 00:02:40 Interview with Chiara Talia begins 00:05:15 The moment that changed everything 00:07:06 European Robin and Chiara’s pathway to healing  00:10:22 Learning about birds is fundamental to bird photography 00:14:02 Chiara’s process for managing photo files 00:19:44 Canon Young Talent 2021 and increasing confidence 00:23:10 Floating Hide photography in Slovenia 00:29:35 Promo for The Wildlife Community Podcast The Wildlife Community Podcast 00:30:25 Birding in Australia 00:41:22 How Chiara shares knowledge and joy via Instagram 00:46:02 Find Chiara online Chiara on Instagram Chiara's website 00:47:11 Suzy’s Shout-outs 00:51:04 Your birding stories Tell me about your birding 00:54:04 Support the Show Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 00:54:22 Wrap and Close   The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show and to The Drones for the theme music Short Sleeved Shirt. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Aug 8, 2023
54 min
Focus on Birders: Mel Shepherd-Wells #124
Long-time birder, Mel Shepherd-Wells, joins Suzy in a delightful chat about his birding adventures, and shares some top tips applicable to all birders.   Links: The Casual Birder Bird Club - sign up The UK Wildlife Podcast Support the Show - Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show and to The Drones for the theme music Short Sleeved Shirt. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
Jul 28, 2023
56 min
Global Birdfair 2023 #123
A mini episode about the wonderful time that was had at Global BirdFair 2023, where Suzy spent time with other wildlife podcasters, interviewed amazing guests and met people passionate about the natural world. There is also news on what to expect in upcoming episodes of The Casual Birder Podcast.   Links Links to wildlife podcasts mentioned Planty Planty Zoo Zoo The UK Wildlife Podcast The Wild Community Podcast Into the Wild Podcast Wilder Skies Podcast Hannah and Erik Go Birding Trees a Crowd Podcast   Other links Chiara Talia on instagram The Casual Birder Bird Club - sign up   Support the Show - Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com The Casual Birder Podcast   https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - follow the show! Thanks to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show and to The Drones for the theme music Short Sleeved Shirt. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net  
Jul 24, 2023
11 min
Suzy in Portugal & Global Big Day News #122
Suzy shares some of her bird experiences while on vacation in Portugal, and tells how you can join our team for the Global Big Day - an important and exciting event in the birding calendar! On the Global Big Day people around the world will go birding and then upload their checklists to eBird. In this way, not only are they enjoying our wonderful bird life, but they are providing important data via community science to widen knowledge around bird populations during migration time. Suzy explains how you can be join the Casual Birder Podcast Team for the event! Stay listening for a short recording of a Nightingale, Blackbird, Collared Dove and European Goldfinch. Links Join the Casual Birder Podcast Team for the Global Big Day 2023. Sign up here: https://casualbirder.com/global-big-day-2023 Please donate to our Just Giving page for BirdLife International - and share the link with your friends: https://www.justgiving.com/page/suzy-buttress-casualbirderteam
May 5, 2023
19 min
Trip Report: RSPB Nagshead with Anneke #121
On a pre-birthday outing, Anneke (from the show's FaceBook group) joins Suzy and her husband John for a day’s birding at RSPB Nagshead in Gloucestershire. The woods are alive with birds singing, engaging in courtship displays, and building nests. Anneke and Suzy share their bird encounters from the day, and some surprising mammal ones too! Links: Last episode: Spring is here! RSPB Nagshead webpage Short video of our day at RSPB Nagshead Marylee's video of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet Join the Casual Birder Bird Club  
Apr 21, 2023
19 min
Spring is here! #120
Suzy is back! In this episode, she shares her recent birding experiences and encounters with fellow enthusiasts, and the excitement of watching nesting Blue Tits, characterful Rooks and some unexpected Grey Wagtails. Suzy also announces the launch of the Casual Birder Bird Club, and invites listeners to join the show's team for the Global Big Day birding event on 13th May 2023. Links mentioned in the show: Sign the Swift petition here The Casual Birder Bird Club - sign up! Visit The Casual Birder Podcast clothing store Facebook group link The Bearded Tit Podcast  Join our Team for the Global Big Day Support the show - Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com Timestamps: 00:00:00 Introduction Suzy introduces the episode and shares the changes she's noticed as the breeding season ramps up. She also requests listeners to sign a petition created by Hannah Bourne Taylor to help increase the number of suitable nesting sites for the Swift birds in the UK. Sign the Swift petition here 00:02:51 Dawn Chorus and Springtime Dawn Chorus and Springtime, Suzy shares the beautiful sound of the Dawn Chorus she recorded and talks about the changes she has noticed in the garden as the weather gets better. She also discusses her plans for the podcast for the coming months. 00:06:16 Casual Birder Bird Club Suzy talks about the monthly virtual Casual Birder Bird Club she launched and how listeners can join. She also mentions her plans to invite specialists to give talks on bird identification and other related topics. The Casual Birder Bird Club - sign up! 00:08:24 Shoutouts to members of the birding community Suzy thanks the members of the show's Facebook group for their support and mentions Karin for taking over moderating duties. She also gives shoutouts to birders she met while out and about over the last couple of months and talks about the birds she saw. Visit The Casual Birder Podcast clothing store where embroidered hats, shirts and sweatshirts featuring The Casual Birder Podcast artwork are now available to buy. Join the show's Facebook group: Facebook group link 00:22:53 Nest Box Season Suzy shares her excitement about the nesting season in her garden and how a Blue Tit has returned to her garage nest box. She also talks about another Blue Tit checking out their Camera nest box. 00:24:19 Rooks are full of character Suzy talks about how her garden makeover has affected Rooksy the Rook's visits to her house. She describes how Rooksie now parades on their patio until someone notices it and gives it treats. We are introduced to Rooksy's mate Billy, and the behaviour of Patches demonstrates how each bird has their own character. 00:27:50 Advert for The Bearded Tit Podcast  00:28:16 Hampshire Ornithological Society Members Day - report Suzy recently joined the Hampshire Ornithological Society and on 1st April attended a Members Day, which had talks given by various bird experts. 00:31:51 Global Big Day 13th May 2023 Suzy invites listeners to join the Casual Birder Podcast team for the upcoming Global Big Day on May 13th. The team will be raising funds for Birdlife International. Join our Team for the Global Big Day 00:34:16 Wrap and Close Support the Show - Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 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
Apr 7, 2023
34 min
Food, Feet and Faeces: the key to keeping our garden birds healthy #119
Finches Friend founder Dick Woods and wildlife presenter Martin Hughes-Games join Suzy to talk about the unintended consequences of feeding garden birds that can affect their health. Dick showcases a revolutionary easy-clean feeder that he designed to reduce the transmission of disease among birds visiting feeders. He says the key is to keep birds' feet and faeces out of their food. Timestamps & Links: 00:00:00 Announcements Big news!  Embroidered hats, shirts and sweatshirts featuring The Casual Birder Podcast artwork are now available to buy. Visit The Casual Birder Podcast clothing store 00:00:48  Last Episode 118 A weekend of waders at the Hampshire coast 00:01:04 Casual Birder Weekly newsletter Sign up here! 00:01:31 Introduction to the episode 00:04:37 Interview with Dick Woods and Martin Hughes-Games Finches Friend Website 00:47:10 Wrap-up A Wild Life: My Adventures Around the World Filming Wildlife by Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games' website Garden Wildlife Health Garden Bird Health 00:48:06 Wrap and Close Support the Show - Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com 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
Nov 10, 2022
48 min
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