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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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SIBLEY 2ND PRINTING

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Sibley 2nd PrintingSibley Guide 2nd Ed.
2nd Printing

Many readers complained that the Sibley Guide 2nd Edition had type too light and reds too dark. This Second Printing, July, 2014, corrects those problems.

If those issues matter to you, be sure you get the Second Printing, identified as such on the back side of the title page.

If you order your Sibley from Birdwatching Dot Com, you will get the Second Printing.

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HANDS-ON REVIEW

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Zeiss Victory SFZeiss Victory SF Binocular

Zeiss's brand new binocular is billed as the best birding and wildlife-observing binocular in the world.

Our new, comparative review

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BIRD BRAIN FOR THE MAC

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BIRD BRAIN 6.5  
World Birding Database for the Mac

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 over 200 nations and any US state or Canadian province. Nearly any kind of bird report you can think up, Bird Brain will create.

Read more about Bird Brain...    Order it

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GUEST PHOTO
Cuban Rose-throated Parrots by Julia Mira

Cuban Rose-throated Parrots by Julia MiraCopyright 2015 Julia Mira

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Julia Mira photographed these Cuban Rose-throated Parrots during her recent trip to Cuba. It was January 9, at Ecolodge Hacienda la Belén near Camaguëy, in the Sierra del Chorrillo Ecological Preserve. Good job capturing birds in flight, Julia!

Thank you, Julia, for permission to share your unique photo with visitors to Birdwatching Dot Com.

See past guest photos

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OTHER OPTICS REVIEWS

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Pocket Binocular Reviews
Nov. 2013 Birdwatching Dot Com exclusive
Here are links to our reviews of compact binoculars of a variety of prices, and an overview of what a birder hopes to find in a good pocket binocular.
See our review.

Best-of-the-best Bins Review
May, 2012 Bird Watcher's Digest
We review high-end binoculars in the 8x42 size class, selling for $600 and up. Review includes exciting new 2nd-tier binoculars by Zeiss, Swarovski, and Leica.
See our review.

Mid-priced Binoculars Review, by Michael & Diane Porter, from January, 2012, Bird Watcher's Digest, covers 8x42 binoculars with street prices between $200 and $600.

Mid-sized Binoculars Review, by Michael & Diane Porter, from November, 2010, Bird Watcher's Digest, takes a look at 34 8x32 binoculars.

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 THIS MORNING OUTSIDE
with Diane

Eastern Bluebird

If it weren't for my blessedly heated birdbath, I might not even realize that there were bluebirds about. They seem to stay hidden in the woods, where they subsist on buds or bugs buried in bark, and maybe a few withered wild fruits.

But whenever the stream is solidly frozen over, I can count on seeing Eastern Bluebirds right outside my window. Makes a fine start to a snowy day.

This Morning Outside IndexSee bigger image

Want more?

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

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LATEST NEW INFO ON TRIPODS

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TRIPOD KITS 2014

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.


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 TRAVEL SCOPES

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TRAVEL SCOPES REVIEW
(January, 2014, issue of Bird Watcher's Digest)

Vortex Razor HD 50mmThis review compares spotting scopes with objective lenses of 65mm or less, ranging from extremely inexpensive to the world's best scopes.

It aims to help you decide which small scope would work best for you and the way you watch birds.

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  BINOCULAR FAVORITES

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Binocular picks for every price
Michael and Diane's favorite binoculars, from the best of the best down to the most economical binoculars with good optics. Many come with free shipping. Updated November, 2013.


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  New SWAROVSKI POCKET BINS

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Swarovski CL Pocket - NEW!
Swarovski CL PocketSwarovski's new pocket binocular is good enough to use as a birder's full-time binocular. See Michael and Diane's hands-on review.

BINOCULAR REVIEW

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Nikon Monarch 5
Michael and Diane compare Nikon's new Monarch 5 binocular to its predecessor, the Monarch ATB and to the Vortex Diamondback.

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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.


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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.

 
 

In the Birdwatching Dot Com store, we offer bird feeders, bird baths, and bird houses. These are things to transform your backyard into an oasis of wildlife for you to enjoy. You'll find squirrel-proof feeders, hummingbird feeders, and various artistic feeders. Get a birdhouse for your wrens, or attract purple martins with purple martin gourds and houses. We have birding videos, birdig sofs, and tripods for every need and every budget.

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