Birding Resources from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Interested in Birding, but not sure where to start?  Check out these amazing resources from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology!

All About Birds – articles and videos to help you get started on bird identification!

    1. Searchable Bird Guide by Species
    2. Quick Guide to Tricky Bird IDs
    3. Inside Birding 4-Part Instructional Video Series (free!) – IDing birds by size and shape, color, behavior, and habitat
    4. What food do I put in my birdfeeder?
    5. Finding the best binoculars for birding
    6. Browse more Bird ID Skills articles here!

Merlin Bird ID App – this free app, available for iPhone and Android, helps you quickly identify North America’s most common birds!


NestWatch – Help scientists collect data on nesting birds by monitoring active nests and recording your data online!  NestWatch also provides you with tips on how to set up nest boxes, how to install cameras, how to deal with predators, and more!


Bird Cams – watch live feeds on sorts of species of birds, all around the world, in up to 720p HD!  Or follow @BirdCams on Twitter for the highlights.


Living Bird Magazine – this quarterly magazine is packed with photographs and articles about birds!  Access featured articles online, or subscribe to the print magazine for $39 per year, and also receive a membership to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


How to Identify Bird Songs – this Bird Academy online course will help you identify the most common calls and songs of North American Birds.  The Bird Song Spotlight Tool will teach you how to listen to bird sounds in their natural soundscapes. Try a free sample lesson, or take the course for $59.99.  The course is self-paced and can be accessed as many times as you want!

Lab of O Bird Cams: Barred Owl

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Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Barred Owl live camera feed, where a female barred owl is incubating 3 eggs!

Update (April 5, 2017) – The chicks are hatching!

From the Lab of Ornithology newsletter:

What to watch for: During the day you can listen to the sounds of spring arrive to the forests as the female incubates her eggs. At night, watch as the male owl delivers a steady stream of interesting prey items … to the nest box and listen for the owls’ classic “whoo-cooks-for-you?” hooting duets. After hatching, it takes only 4 to 5 weeks for the owlets to transform from close-eyed, downy fluffballs to fierce, sometimes clumsy youngsters before setting out to explore the world. …

Share what you see and hear with us on the cam’s Twitter feed, @WBU_Owls, and join us in learning more about these secretive and adaptable predators.