Blue Jay Eating a Peanut
Blue Jay Eating a Peanut

Birdseed & Binoculars is the personal blog of Nancie Waterman. My focus is backyard bird watching. I’m especially interested solutions for problems that come up with feeding backyard birds, including bird feeders, seed and other foods for birds. But I also touch on amateur bird photography, stories about bird species and birding field trips.

I’ve always loved watching birds. I took binoculars and a field guide on our honeymoon over three decades ago where Jim and I did our best to identify gulls and terns on a North Carolina beach. And there has always been at least one bird feeder in our yard since we moved here in 1984, starting with a metal hopper feeder and a couple of cage suet feeders.

The Birding Bug Bit

But it was the middle of 2015 when the real bird watching/birder bug truly bit me. That was when I started my life list on eBird and Jim and started exploring birding hotspots in our area of Central Maryland, several of which I’ve posted about. (See Field Trips to filter the blog feed to show only posts about birding trips.)

Jim and I birded in Ohio at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival in 2017. Also in 2017 we visited Mexico where we saw some cool birds and then saw more Mexican birds when we returned in 2018. We hope to do more birding travels in the future.

At the very end of 2015, I started Birdseed & Binoculars. Originally it was a separate blog on my VSN website, but in mid-2019, I moved it to its own website: birdseedandbinoculars.com/wordpress.

Lots of Time, Feeders & Seed

2015 is also when my bird feeder purchasing obsession took off. From three feeders back then, I now have twenty-five in the yard and several more stored in the garage that I sometime swap around. I buy seed regularly in fifty pound bags!

They say you need to spend 10,000 hours to really know how to do something well. A LOT of my time is spent watching birds, typically several hours each day, either in my own backyard or at other birding locations. My binoculars and birding camera are always within reach. See Central Maryland Backyard Birds for a peek at birds in my backyard.

I have also spent A LOT of time messing around with bird feeders and various types of seed and other bird foods to figure out what works best. What I’ve learned is the core of what I share in this blog. See Bird Feeder Reviews to see posts with reviews of my favorite feeders. Check out Choosing Seed For Backyard Birds to read what I’ve learned feeding birds over the years.

Blog Affiliate Links

Even a small blog like mine takes a little bit of money to run. Even if you are not selling anything, you need to pay for things like software, web hosting, protection from spam comments, bird feeders, etc. This is why you will see some Amazon Affiliate links on my site. I only use these for products I’ve personally used unless I specifically tell you otherwise. I’m upfront about this and so you can find my statement about this at the bottom of every page.

Past Writing Passions

I am a writer by nature. Since I was very young, if I am passionate about something, I have always found some way to write about it. In my professional life, I spent twenty years writing, editing and producing a small magazine about making art with rubber stamps called Vamp Stamp News (VSN). In 2012, I stopped print publication and switched to doing in-depth online eArticles about stamping topics for a couple years. (If you are into rubber stamps, these are still available on my Vampstampnews Blog.)

My writing style is very in-depth. Typical articles or blog posts are a mix of my personal experience and research. Since my VSN days, I’ve always been very big on credits. So if I learn something from someone else, I’ll credit them. There are some great birding resources on the web too. When they fit the topic, I’ll point you to them.

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I hope you find the information on Birdseed & Binoculars useful and interesting. If you have a question or comment, please do comment on the blog pages. I’ll try to get you the best answer. Comments and feedback keep me inspired too!

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Thanks for being here!

Nancie

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