Feeding Birds

Feeding the Birds? With increased interest in birding, there has been a huge expansion in the number of people attracting wild birds to their yards by the placement of seed and suet feeders. Suet is the hard, white, saturated fat surrounding the muscular loins of beef, lamb and pork. While diet conscious humans may cringe […]

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Field Guides

Did you ever wonder why field guides and checklists always list the families of birds and individual species in a standard order? Birds are listed according to where they are considered to be on the evolution scale (known as phylogenetic order). Thus, the most primitive birds (swans, geese and ducks) are listed first, then the […]

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Optics

Birding Optics? Binoculars? These are the single most important piece of equipment when it comes to birding. Binoculars are typically described by two numbers (e.g. 7X35, 10X50). The first number indicates the magnification power; the second number is the diameter in millimetres of the front-facing lens (known as the objective lens). You may think the […]

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