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Episode 49: Life is Full of Unexpected Turns

Posted on Wed, 06 Feb 2019 | Episode Duration: 35 minutes, 21 seconds
Episode 49: Life is Full of Unexpected Turns

Episode 49 is a special two-part episode of OTWTB. Bill and Ben have a heartfelt discussion about why 2019 is going to be a different kind of year for the podcast, and why it will be the “Year of the Big Sit” for Bill. Ben then welcomes Alvaro Jaramillo to the show, and we learn a bit more about this international man of mystery. Their conversation topics include the shifting nature of birding tourism and why you don’t want to play chess in Antarctica. Hint: It’s too cold!

Episode #48: Back In My Own Backyard

Posted on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 | Episode Duration: 28 minutes, 06 seconds
Episode #48: Back In My Own Backyard

Ben gives LeBron-like advice for buying binoculars for kids or beginning birders, explains the visual difference between roof- and Porro-prism binoculars, and updates us on his last backyard bird sighting: a red-breasted nuthatch. Bill talks about a rusty blackbird encounter and how to tell rusties from common grackles. Then the boys welcome Clay Taylor from Swarovski Optik to talk about his amazing backyard in Corpus Christi, Texas, which has become a magnet for birds and butterflies migrating along the Gulf Coast.

Episode #47: Holiday Memories Good and Bad

Posted on Wed, 6 Dec 2018 | Episode Duration: 27 minutes, 52 seconds
Episode #47: Holiday Memories Good and Bad

Favorite holiday gifts given and received is a major topic of this episode and among those gifts mentioned are a hockey stick, a mink coat, ten-speed bikes, and a vintage saucepan. Ben's nightmare Christmas Bird Count experience and Bill's Disney World surprise stories take center stage. Also mentioned are a conspiracy theory about wild birds, a new app that's like Shazam for bird sounds, an update on Ben's hot feeder action, and plans to handicap the results of the OTWTB Global Big Year Challenge™.

  • Complete Episode Listing
Episode 48: Back in My Own Backyard
Episode 47: Holiday Memories Good and Bad
Episode 46: The Birder in Winter (Wears Silk Long Johns, Apparently)
Episode 45: Ben's Backyard Bird Feeding Tutorial
Episode 44: Hooray for Bird Clubs and Feasts of Birdin'!
Episode 43: Live from Cape May, New Jersey!
Episode 42: Tips for Enhanced Birding Enjoyment
Episode 41: Live from the 2018 British Birdwatching Fair
Episode 40: Summer Fun & Games
Episode 39: Live From Outdoor Retailer
Episode 38: The Stoke is High
Episode 37: Go West Old Men!
Episode 36: Seek and Ye Shall Find (Or Maybe Not)
Episode 35: From Alaska to Maine and Everything in Between
Episode 34: Live at New River, Spring 2018
Episode 33: Spring Birding Festivals Overview
Episode 32: Meet the LeBron James of Birding Optics
Episode 31: Live from Pico Bonito, Honduras
Episode 30: All Hail the Timberdoodle
Episode 29: A Winter Birding Postcard From Florida
Episode 28: Bill & Ben's Global Big Year Challenge
Episode 27: Happy New Birding Year!
Episode 26: Winter Birding Rocks SO Hard!
Episode 25: Live From Whipple, Ohio
Episode 24: Oh the People, Birds, and Cheeses We'll Meet!
Episode 23: Have You Ever "Ben" to Costa Rica?
Episode 22: Big Sits, Big Years, and Big Ducks
Episode 21: Live From the American Birding Expo
Episode 20: Hurricanes, Birds, and People
Episode 19: Live From the Lord Nelson Pub
Episode 18: Birding the Borders
Episode 17: Smart, Social Birds and Things That Can Kill You
Episode 16: Birds As Symbols
Episode 15: Birds and Music
Episode 14: Live From Hog Island, Maine
Episode 13: Spring Migration Report
Episode 12: Live From New River
Episode 11: Live From Portugal
Episode 10: Traveling Birders and Bad TV Bird Sounds
Episode 9: Birding Mentors Like Chan Robbins
Episode 8: Big Days, Big Sits, and Musical Birds
Episode 7: Signs of Spring
Episode 6: Live From Tybee Island, Georgia
Episode 5: Live From the Florida Space Coast!
Episode 4: Live in Las Vegas!
Episode 3: Duck Stamps, Rare Birds, the Super Bowl of Birding, and Space Coast
Episode 2: Drama on the Tundra and Return from India
Episode 1: Winter Finches!

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