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Last update: 2013-06-30

Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #429

2013-06-30

On show #429: A Larus from Laguna and a Lagopus from Labrador. Plus, a visitor from Siberia. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #428

2013-06-23

On show #428: A bird that packs a stiletto. And we learn about the magic of the Boston Harbor Islands. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #427

2013-06-16

On show #427: The elusive Porzana carolina. Plus Mike O'Connor live from Alaska and Dr. Towhee, too. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #426

2013-06-09

On show #426: A bellicose bird in a business suit. And why we love Corvus brachyrhynchos. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #425

2013-06-02

On show #425: The amazing exploits of Selasphorus calliope. And some Purple Martins return from South America to the gourd where they were born...on Cape Cod. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #424

2013-05-28

On show #424: A bird from on (Rocky Mountain) high and the remarkable history of Purple Martins…and us. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #423

2013-05-19

On show #423: The world's most amazing bird songs and a warbler with a tubular tongue. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #422

2013-05-12

On show #422: Three cuckoos and a fearsome Feathered Friend. Plus a visit with Dr. Rufus Towhee. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #421

2013-05-05

On show #421: A Talkin' Birds Exclusive: The Kentucky Birdy. And Don Kroodsma helps us hear bird song the way birds hear it. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #420

2013-04-28

On show #420: Three thrushes and a thrasher. Plus wildlife rehabilitator Stephanie Ellis, and the answer to "Does your birdbath need a lifeguard?" …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #419

2013-04-21

On show #419: Earth Day! We talk with Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, and discover nature quotes from Thomas Edison and Groucho Marx. And we meet a bird that loves Golden Retrievers. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #418

2013-04-14

On show #418: We ask the musical question Was Beethoven a birdwatcher? Plus 4 trilled birds, and the one and only Passarella. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #417

2013-04-07

On show #417: Watching birds...on radar — and our resident professor Dr. Rufus Towhee wows us with his Bird Word of the Week. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #416

2013-04-01

On show #416: The Chanticleer of the Ocean. Plus, birding advice from Minnesota and Cape Cod, and a quote from E.B. White. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #415

2013-03-24

On show #415: Wildlife rehabilitator Stephanie Ellis and we meet the beautiful, but gravelly-voiced Xanthochephalus xanthocephalus. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #414

2013-03-17

On show #414: Is feeding birds a good idea? Milliken University's David Horn gives us an answer to that question. And we dig deep (literally) to meet our Featured Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #413

2013-03-10

On show #413: The return of Dr. Rufus Towhee — Plus good bird nest advice, a bad Rhett Butler impression, and a hidden "surfing" theme. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #412

2013-03-03

On show #412: Project Passenger Pigeon — And owls vs. bats. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #411

2013-02-24

On show #411: The bird that sees more daylight than any other — And our bird feeding expert Mike O'Connor live from Denver. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #410

2013-02-17

On show #410: Swainson's Hawks and Northern Cardinals and climate change expert Eric McNulty. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #409

2013-02-10

On show #409: How birds survive snowstorms — And an unappreciated Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #408

2013-02-03

On show #408: Birds of Bonaire — plus, binocular advice and Louisiana's comeback bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds Best Of

2013-01-27

On show #407: Crows, crows, and more crows — It's a Best of Talkin' Birds show this week with crow expert Kevin McGowan. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #406

2013-01-20

On show #406: Let's Ask Mike--live from Key West. Plus, we meet Bubo virginianus and learn about a very special bird-themed concert. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #405

2013-01-15

On show #405: The Phantom of the North, and the Little Nightbird. Plus, bringing in Carolina Wrens, and waxing poetic about a long lost dove. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #404

2013-01-06

On show #404: Our favorite guest--live in studio. Plus, the Sea Mouse and the Ping-pong Ball Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #402

2013-01-01

On show #402: Do birds have Christmas? A poet from South Dakota provides an answer. And we feature a bird that's really "cute"…but very fierce.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #403

2012-12-30

On show #403: Dovekies, Doves, and Daring Magpies — And a bird that flies backwards...but can it walk?…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #401

2012-12-18

On show #401: Birding movie producers Gerry and Christian Lattmann. And the bird behind the plow.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #400

2012-12-11

On show #400: Is winter halfway done?! — And a camouflaged owl causes a Facebook stir.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #399

2012-12-04

On show #399: The amazing Mr. Bassanus, plus, how owls' secrets may make for quieter airplanes; and a December visit to Sand County.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #398

2012-11-25

On show #398: Google your backyard for science — Cornell Lab's Rhiannon Crain tells us about the new Yard Map project.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #397

2012-11-19

On show #397: Golden Eagles---by the hundreds — And a Bay State town says no to plastic bags and cups.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #396

2012-11-11

On show #396: Birding legend Kenn Kaufman joins us live. And BB King helps us reach out to Mississippi.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #395

2012-11-11

On show #395: Time traveling to birding in 1785…and 1772. And more from A Sand County Almanac.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #394

2012-10-28

On show #394: A Mystery Bird...from Pakistan — And a visitor to Rhode Island...from India!…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #393

2012-10-23

On show #393: We have the scoop on a new birding movie. Live from America's best bird store!…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #392

2012-10-17

On show #392: Cornell Lab's David Bonter and the bird that's conquering America…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #391

2012-10-07

On show #391: The Crested Crusher? — Plus, A Sandy County Almanac excerpt, and fall feeding advice…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #390

2012-10-02

On show #390: We appreciate Rachel Carson, and the beauty of rain — (but Eugene Schieffelin? Not so much)…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #389

2012-09-26

On show #389: Putin trains cranes? And why Guam might not be the best spot for your next vacation.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #388

2012-09-18

On show #388: The Story of the Telltale Tattler — And a bird named after a ribbon.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #387

2012-09-09

On show #387: The Yellow-lored Mustard-foot and a plea to help save our oceans.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #386

2012-09-03

On show #386: Red Crossbills…by the thousands — And a bird that can carry 65 fish at a time!…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #385

2012-08-26

On show #385: The Kitty-cam explains it all —And the bird in the pear tree.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #384

2012-08-22

On show #384: Starling sings Mozart — And we take the pledge! (and unveil a new Facebook contest)…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #382

2012-08-08

On show #382: A Sand County Almanac comes to life. And, Mockingbirds?! Not in my backyard!…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #381

2012-07-30

On show #381: The bird photo that changed Beth Terry's life and our Mystery Bird stumps our callers…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #380

2012-07-25

On show #380: That's why they call 'em snipers. And why we should buy Duck Stamps.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #379

2012-07-18

On show #379: That's why they call 'em snipers. And why we should buy Duck Stamps.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #378

2012-07-08

On show #378: A Little Stint and the Bubblegum Bird — And, plastic--killing our oceans and our birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #377

2012-07-02

On show #377: Good Night, Mister Meadowlark and who's killing the Condors? …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #376

2012-06-28

On show #376: One Bird, 3,000 songs and the amazing journeys of three small shorebirds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #375

2012-06-17

On show #375: we hear amazing stories and sounds from the Macaulay Library's Mike Webster. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #374

2012-06-12

On show #374: the Royal Heron and why Bambi must go. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #373

2012-06-04

On show #373: three Reasons to love the Yellow Warbler and more about the world's easiest contest! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #372

2012-05-29

On show #372: author, artist, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose joins us to talk about her wonderful new book, "The Bluebird Effect." And we meet the shorebird that nests in trees. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #371

2012-05-21

On show #371: Cornell Lab's Charles Eldermire talks about the lab's amazing webcam views of GB Herons and RT Hawks. Plus, our new photo contest, and an amazing story from the Science Corner. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #370

2012-05-15

On show #370: the amazing Brazilian birder and photographer Edson Endrigo joins us in studio, and we learn about an American birder who was also...a murderer. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #369

2012-05-08

On show #369: we welcome Jon Young, author of the thoughtful, and thought-provoking new book called "What the Robin Knows--How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World." Plus, our Mystery Bird Contest and the Squeaky Wheel Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #368

2012-04-29

On show #368: Cornell Lab's NestWatch program leader Jason Martin joins us by phone. Plus, we meet a big bird from California and a tiny one from Tennessee. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #367

2012-04-22

On show #367: we meet a bird with a balaclava; we feature America's biggest swallow; and Mike muses on mealworms. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #366

2012-04-18

On show #366: we'll meet a tiny, but feisty, Mystery Bird. And you can win a fabulous feeder from Droll Yankees as we announce our new website! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #365

2012-04-09

On show #365: we meet a Featured Feathered Friend with a bi-color bill; we travel to Texas to meet a Mystery Bird; and we learn more about what's happening to our honeybees. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #364

2012-04-02

On show #364: we'll hear the strange legend of a bird hatched from barnacles. Also today: what's happening to our honeybees. And Mike answers a most unusual question. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #363

2012-03-25

On show #363: we present some "not about birds" topics, some fascinating info about early-arriving hummingbirds, and an iridescent beauty from the Gulf Coast. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #362

2012-03-19

On show #362: Mass Audubon's Wayne Petersen helps identify a bird recorded by a listener in North Carolina. And we meet the bird that gave Alabama its nickname. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #361

2012-03-11

On show #361: we'll hear a mini-essay from "The Poet of Parker River"; we'll learn about the astounding amount of acreage preserved by our 26th president; and we'll feature a bird that's found almost exclusively at airports. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #360

2012-03-08

On show #360: fresh from being portrayed by Angelica Huston in "The Big Year," seabird trip leader Debi Shearwater joins us live in studio. And we meet a bird that looks like...an anvil. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #359

2012-02-27

On show #359: we'll learn about 20th anniversaries for a famous fishing ground and a popular birders gathering; and we'll meet a bird that's a wonderful dancer, but a rotten singer. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #358

2012-02-19

On show #358: we talk to the Cornell Lab's Myoko Chu and see the Great Backyard Bird Count in real time. Plus, a visit to the Science Corner for the real story behind Hitchcock's "The Birds." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #357

2012-02-12

On show #357: we learn why folks are heading to Cape Cod in February; we meet the most northerly shorebird; and we find our Mystery Bird in South Texas. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #356

2012-02-05

On show #356: we learn that Snowy Owls have wandered much farther south than we could have ever imagined. And our man in Minnesota, Al Batt, talks about mid-winter bird song and much more. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #355

2012-02-01

On show #355: we welcome Mass Audubon's John Galluzzo, who recently completed a year of nature walks in all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. The book will be out soon. Also today, we present a "Let's Ask Mike" segment that we call "Birds as Polar Bears," and a listener from the great state of Ohio solves the Mystery of the Specklebelly. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #354

2012-01-25

On show #354: bird expert Phil Kyle regales us with bird call imitations; Mike O'Connor offers a listener some cold weather advice; and we learn the secret of the swan feather. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #353

2012-01-15

On show #353: Smithsonian Tours' David Clapp joins us as we talk about seabirds and mating owls. And we learn about the perfect gift for the birder on your list (if 10 million dollars fits your budget). …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #352

2012-01-08

On show #352: we check out the Snowy Owl explosion; we present a Let's Ask Mike segment entitled "Making home-made suet--just don't do it"; and we find out why Roman Candles and roosting birds just don't mix. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #351

2012-01-06

On show #351: we feature birds as Oreo cookies; owls eating crows; and special guest Monica Engebretson from Born Free U.S.A. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #350

2011-12-28

On show #350: we feature beautiful holiday music along with short poems and readings about birds by Ray and by the great humorist Ogden Nash. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #349

2011-12-20

On show #349: Mike explains why bird seed prices have gone up so much, and whether there's relief in sight. And we get an update on an amazing sexagenarian. (Next week: our special Christmas show.) …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #348

2011-12-15

On show #348: we'll respond to a listener's question about the exploding populations of the Eurasian Collared-Dove, and then we'll head down the street to meet an under-appreciated feathered friend. And we'll hear how PVC pipes are killing birds and what's being done to stop it. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #347

2011-12-06

On show #347: field guide author Ted Floyd offers some intriguing ideas about identifying birds; we feature a bird that only Constitution signers could love; and Mike answers a question from a big fan. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #346

2011-11-29

On show #346: you'll have to move fast to catch our Mystery Bird; we call our Let's Ask Mike segment "That squirrel is big...and it has antlers"; and we feature the bird that sounds like an outboard motor. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #345

2011-11-22

On show #345: we find our Featured Feathered Friend over the bounding Maine; Mass Audubon's Wayne Petersen and John Galluzzo talk about the State of the Birds; and Mike helps us figure out if we're overfeeding our bluebirds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #344

2011-11-13

On show #344: the amazing Acorn Woodpecker; Boston's Emerald Necklace; and more feeding advice from the Birdwatcher's General Store. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #343

2011-11-06

On show #343: University of Wisconsin Avian Biology professor Mark Berres tells us about his new birdsong ID software. Also today, we stump our callers in the Mystery Bird contest; and Mike answers an unusual listener question. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #342

2011-11-02

On show #342: the great Pat Buttram helps us introduce our Featured Feathered Friend, and we welcome special guest Wayne Klockner from The Nature Conservancy. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #341

2011-10-25

On show #341: we'll hear about birds in the wild that are learning to talk; our man Mike (whose book appears in the new movie "The Big Year") helps a listener with grackle issues; and Bob Dylan helps us introduce our Featured Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #340

2011-10-17

On show #340: a brief review of the movie, "The Big Year"; a Featured Bird that the Brits are trying to deport; and we meet a "Best for Birds" wine producer. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #339

2011-10-11

On show #339: Jessie Barry from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology talks about the new movie "The Big Year"; the success of her Big Day; and the plans to introduce artificial intelligence to birdwatching. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #338

2011-10-06

On show #338: sparrow expert Jim Sweeney joins us in studio; Mike answers a listener's question about (bird)house cleaning; and we visit a coffeehouse to learn about our Featured Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #337

2011-09-25

On show #337: we learn about "winners" and "losers" in bird populations; Mike helps a listener with a cowbird conundrum; and we offer a Mystery Bird that lives only in California. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #336

2011-09-21

On show #336: a Virginia listener translates from German to ID our Mystery Bird; we feature a tern that doesn't dive for fish; and Mike helps a listener who's "Wonderin' where the woodies are." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #335

2011-09-12

On show #335: today's Mystery Bird lives almost exclusively in the U.S; our Featured Feathered Friend is found out at sea: and Mike's in the backyard for some evening dining with the Cardinal. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #334

2011-09-05

On show #334: we'll explain that "no such thing" comment as the great David Clapp joins us in studio to talk about migration marathons and mysteries. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #333

2011-09-01

On show #333: we offer some info on how birds cope with storms; we talk with Tom McNichol from the amazing Charles River Cleanup Boat; and our man Mike provides an explanation about wrestling mockingbirds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #332

2011-08-22

On show #332: we revisit the "Kentucky Berdy;" we feature a beautiful bee killer; and Mike helps a backyard birder who has no backyard birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #331

2011-08-17

On show #331: we feature the bird with the golden mane; we travel north to find our Mystery Bird; and we talk about a little "accidental birding." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #330

2011-08-10

On show #330: we present an oddly-named Mystery Bird; we feature a bird that's the biggest of its kind; and Mike helps an urban birdwatcher. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #329

2011-08-03

On show #329: we present an oddly-named Mystery Bird; we feature a bird that's the biggest of its kind; and Mike helps an urban birdwatcher. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #328

2011-07-29

On show #328: we feature a bird that lets you know when it's Tea Time; we present a deceptively easy Mystery Bird Contest; and Mike talks about unexpected visitors to a listener's hummingbird feeder. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #327

2011-07-19

On show #327: we feature a bird that's both dull and flashy; Minnesota's Al Batt describes a spectacular rooftop event; and Mike solves a listener's dilemma...with fishing line. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #326

2011-07-11

On show #326: a purplish rock hopper, elusive Illinois orioles, and a Mystery Bird that stumps our callers. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #325

2011-07-03

On show #325: we try to figure out how a European bird made it to Staten Island; "Old Grogglenose" is our Featured Feathered Friend; and we salute a reborn river. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #324

2011-06-27

On show #324: we'll learn how to do a perfect bird imitation--by banging two rocks together. Also today, Mike helps a listener with a nest problem. And we almost stump our callers in our Mystery Bird Contest. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #323

2011-06-23

On show #323: we'll hear the remarkable story of Thomas Jefferson's mockingbird, and we'll present a Mystery Bird that's disappeared from Washington, D.C.--and the rest of the eastern U.S. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #322

2011-06-13

On show #322: we hear a Whip-poor-will, a Bullbat, and a bird that sounds like a squeeze toy. Plus, Mike explains the "exploding mockingbird" phenomenon. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #321

2011-06-06

On show #321: How we can turn our backyards into Certified Wildlife Habitats. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds Best of Show

2011-06-01

On Best of Show: The Cutest Bird In The World, and a bird some call "Whiskey Jack." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #320

2011-05-22

On show #320: Cat Stevens (and an unknown vocalist) introduce us to a Featured Feathered Friend; Mike explodes a baby bird myth; and we learn the amazing story of an albatross named Wisdom. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #319

2011-05-15

On show #319: we'll hear some birds we can't see--night migrating thrushes-- as described by author and nocturnal migration expert Ted Floyd. Meanwhile, our Mystery Bird is not impossible to see, but is challenging to find, high in the treetops. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #318

2011-05-08

On show #318: country star Slim Whitman helps us introduce a Featured Feathered Friend; a hawk pretending to be a vulture is our Mystery Bird; and we learn how your Golden Retriever can be a bird's best friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #317

2011-05-01

On show #317: we welcome Birder's Exchange Director Betty Petersen in studio; we learn about the bird that nailed a spy; and we present our exclusive story of the real James Bond. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #315

2011-04-26

On show #315: we get an Earth Day preview from Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network. Also today, the Lone Ranger learns something surprising about his faithful friend Tonto. And we present a Mystery Bird that hails from Argentina. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #316

2011-04-18

On show #316: our roving reporter Laura Kammermeier reports on her TV show filming in Ecuador; we present a Let's Ask Mike segment called "stop me before I feed again;" and we meet the bird that walks under water. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #314

2011-04-10

On show #314: we hear from a bird whose call sounds like water being hosed into a plastic bucket; we get some advice for attracting bluebirds; and we take a "tour" of Talkin' Birds World Headquarters. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #313

2011-04-03

On show #313: we welcome the great bird artist Jonathan Alderfer from National Geographic; we get shooed off a farm in Tennessee; and we head way out west to find today's Mystery Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #312

2011-03-27

On show #312: we meet the migration champion of the world; we call our Let's Ask Mike segment "Eating crow...but not for lunch;" and Laura Kammermeier regales us about her adventure and TV show in Ecuador. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #311

2011-03-20

On show #311: we find out how the Veery, and our Mystery Bird, got their names; Mike helps a listener with her "devilish" finches; and we offer three examples of why birds and sports don't mix. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #310

2011-03-14

On show #310: we head way down south to find our Mystery Bird; a reddish raptor defends his patriotism; and Mike holds forth on "safflower power." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #309

2011-03-06

On show #309: an update on Hummingbird spring migration; a feature on the "butterbird;" and a Let's Ask Mike segment we call "Steeling your birdhouse to squelch your squirrels." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #308

2011-02-28

On show #308: the classic, if crazy, recording by the Trashmen introduces our special guest today--birding guru and author Wayne Petersen. Also on today's show, we meet our Featured Bird in a 60s coffee house, find our Mystery Bird somewhere down south, and find out whether cat food is good for your cardinals. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #307

2011-02-21

On show #307: we talk with Sy Montgomery, author of a wonderful new book called "Birdology." Also today, we feature a bird that has a sinking feeling, and we present a Let's Ask Mike segment we call "Is There a Fungus Among Us?" …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #306

2011-02-13

On show #306: field expert Doug Chickering waxes poetic about his attempts to view a Common Moorhen. Also today, we learn some fascinating facts about the Great Kiskadee. And, feeder expert Mike O'Connor offers some tips about egg shells. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #305

2011-02-06

On show #305: field expert Doug Chickering waxes poetic about his attempts to view a Common Moorhen. Also today, we learn some fascinating facts about the Great Kiskadee. And, feeder expert Mike O'Connor offers some tips about egg shells. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #304

2011-01-30

On show #304: Neil Young helps us describe today's Featured Feathered Friend; we present a "spicy" Mystery Bird; and Mike has some explaining to do to the local constabulary. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #303

2011-01-23

On show #303: co-hosted by Smithsonian Tours' David Clapp as we talk about the Galapagos Islands, winter feeding, birds falling from the sky, and the raptor that was mistaken for an airplane. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #302

2011-01-17

On show #302: we feature the cutest bird in the world; we visit the gull family in our Mystery Bird segment; and we serve up some advise on keeping your tabby away from your Troglodytes. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #301

2011-01-09

On show #301: we take you to the Boston Harbor Islands, and to the "Batt Cave" in Minnesota; we learn about the "camp robber"; and Mike offers some more good advice about bird feeding. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #300

2011-01-02

On show #300: we'll learn about two great predators from the north, including the one whose image graced the helmet of Attilla the Hun. Also today, Mike parries something else from the north--a study about the dangers in bird seed. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #299

2010-12-30

On show #299: we'll offer a Mystery Bird whose voice must be heard to be believed. We'll also learn the connection between the legendary Captain Cook and today's Featured Feathered Friend. And we call today's Let's Ask Mike segment "in this case, a creature really was stirring." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #298

2010-12-30

On show #298: we feature a bird that doesn't engage in histrionics, despite its name; we present a Mystery Bird that forecasts the weather; and Mike weighs in with a segment we call "Whatever gets you through the night." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #297

2010-12-12

On show #297: we feature a bird with a red beret and a black goatee; we present a Mystery Bird with a very strange bill; and we offer some advice on buying the right spotting scope. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #296

2010-12-05

On show #296: we give a thumbs up to an amazing new iPhone app called BirdsEye. Also today, BirdWatcher's Digest editor Bill Thompson, III tells us about his new book, and Mike gives a thumbs down to "enhanced" suet. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #295

2010-11-29

On show #295: we tackle two topics today--the birder/duck hunter conflict and the sun-grown/shade grown coffee issue. Plus, why a common bird became a Shakespearean tragedy. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #294

2010-11-29

On show #294: we'll learn about a popular winter visitor to the lower 48; plus a misnamed Mystery Bird, and more on the war against Passer domesticus. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #293

2010-11-16

On show #293: we wax nostalgic about Snow Buntings on Cape Cod; we present a "Royal" Mystery Bird; and Mike weighs in on feeding Vaccinium oxycoccos to your backyard birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #292

2010-11-07

On show #292: bird carver Geoff Davis tells the story of a surprise visitor to his studio. Also today, we pump up a finch; and Mike advises a listener to give his chainsaw a rest. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #291

2010-10-31

On show #291: Our Halloween show features a visit from the "bird of doom." We also chat live with the Prince of Plum Island and with our correspondent in the Caribbean. And Mike offers some practical solutions to your woodpecker problems. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #290

2010-10-26

On show #290: we reprise the strange story of the Barnacle Goose; we present the aristocrat of waterfowl as our Mystery Bird; and we enjoy another birding mini-essay from writer Al Batt. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #289

2010-10-18

On show #289: we learn about a bird with a very strange beak; we present a Mystery Bird who's very secretive; and we hear about a cardinal with a crew cut. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #288

2010-10-11

On show #288: we learn about a diving champ and the devil-diver, and a listener offers suggestions for dealing with cats. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #287

2010-10-03

On show #287: we feature a bird from the Rockies; we stump our listeners on a Mystery Bird from the Atlantic Ocean; and Mike helps a listener from down south. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #286

2010-09-30

On show #286: we feature a bird that shucks bi-valves; writer Al Batt waxes poetic about catbirds; and Mike O'Connor helps a listener with a question about flickers. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #285

2010-09-19

On show #285: we report on a new star-studded movie about birdwatchers (!); we get some good migratory bird news from the gulf; and we feature a bird that's as blue as the sky. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #284

2010-09-15

On show #284: Videographer Shawn Carey, just back from his second tour of the oil-fouled Louisiana coast, joins us in studio. Plus, an appreciation of the "rat with wings;" and Mike explodes a myth about exploding rice. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #283

2010-09-06

On show #283: we'll hear about an amazing hawk watch in Mexico; we'll present a Mystery Bird, a group of which is called a "parcel;" and we'll talk peanut and jelly with our bird feeding expert Mike O'Connor. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #282

2010-09-02

On show #282: superstar birder David Clapp joins us in studio, and we re-live his close call with a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Also today, we focus on a fierce Featured Feathered Friend; and Mike advises a listener about preparing for winter bird feeding. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #281

2010-09-02

On show #281: a large bird that saved a small town; true grit with Mike O’Connor; and the bird that made them cry in Argentina. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #280

2010-08-17

On show #280: some oil spill video news; a Mystery Bird that's a big college mascot; and Mike helps a listener fight "the Red Menace." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #279

2010-08-09

On show #279: videographers Shawn Carey and Alex Couter join us in the studio to report on their recent filming odyssey on the shores of Louisiana. Plus, Bank Swallows, a Mystery Bird, and putting some hot bats in your backyard lineup. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #278

2010-08-02

On show #278: we present a secretive stalker as our Mystery Bird; Mike answers a question about swimming shorebirds; and we feature a hawk that seems to think it's a Turkey Vulture. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #277

2010-07-24

On show #277: we learn about Jimmy Buffett's donation of a special boat for wildlife rescue in the Gulf of Mexico. We also hear a story about the "rain owl," and we discover what Sin City is doing about their pigeon problem. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #275

2010-07-24

On show #275: a Gulf oil spill update; a disturbing story about ocean trash; birds from the West and Southwest; and a solar-powered plover? …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #276

2010-07-18

On show #276: a Gulf oil spill update; a disturbing story about ocean trash; birds from the West and Southwest; and a solar-powered plover? …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #274

2010-07-06

On show #274: plovers in peril (again); the French Mockingbird; Waxwings vs. Cardinals; and an e-mail quiz. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #273

2010-06-27

On show #273: an update on the remarkable spread of the Eurasian Collared-Dove; bird essayist Al Batt joins us live from Minnesota; and we pay a visit to the Talkin' Birds Science Corner. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #272

2010-06-20

On show #272: we air some opinions about whether cleaning oiled birds makes sense; we feature a bird that may sing before a rain; and in our Let's Ask Mike segment, we visit "Mike's Italian Kitchen." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #271

2010-06-14

On show #271: we get a little help from Foghorn Leghorn in our Featured Feathered Friend segment; we get a live pelagic trip report from expert birder David Clapp; and Mike commiserates with a listener who's hankering for hummingbirds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #270

2010-06-06

On show #270: we examine the decline, and recovery, and decline again of the Brown Pelican. Also today the "sewing machine" appears as our Mystery Bird; and Mike answers a question about Midnight Mockingbird music. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #269

2010-05-31

On show #269: we hear from a Minnesota listener who's love for birdwatching may have gotten a little out of hand. We also present a tail-bobbing Mystery Bird, and a Featured Feathered Friend with a baseball connection. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #268

2010-05-23

On show #268: we learn about the only all- red bird in North America, hear about a newly discovered species, and get an answer from Mike to an intriguing question from a listener.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #267

2010-05-17

On show #267: we come up with a high-tech solution to a listener's dilemma; we feature a migration superstar; and we tell a little story on David Sibley.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #266

2010-05-10

On show #266: the Chuck-Will's-Widow makes the local news; our Featured Feathered Friend makes a blood-curdling cry; and our Mystery Bird stumps all callers. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #265

2010-05-03

On show #265: we touch upon some conservation issues, and hear from listeners who've waxed poetic about their spring sightings. And we learn about a bird whose name sounds like an insult. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #264

2010-04-25

On show #264: we hear a bird whose song has been described as that of a Robin's...as performed by an opera singer; we learn the easiest way to ID a Fish Crow; and we present a Mystery Bird that thrives on mistletoe. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #263

2010-04-20

On show #263: Sean Higgins, the creator of North Carolina's Year of the Birds, joins us by phone from Raleigh; Rynchops niger is our Featured Feathered Friend; and our Mystery Bird swims like a duck but walks like a chicken. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #262

2010-04-11

On show #262: we get an update on northbound hummingbirds; we learn about one of the world's most graceful fliers; and we pay tribute to a great conservationist. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #261

2010-04-05

On show #261: we get an exciting radar report on migrating birds; we hear about the early arrival of hummers in the northeast; and we feature a bird that would rather be heard than seen. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #260

2010-03-28

On show #260: we learn what's killing albatrosses in the Pacific; Mike helps a listener with an owl/bat conflict; and we hear some good news about the California Condor. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #259

2010-03-21

On show #259: we try to balance some sad environmental news with some great spring bird sightings and a story about a "meatloaf on a stick." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #258

2010-03-14

On show #258: we learn about a slightly-misnamed bird that "ain't really green." We also visit the Science Corner to hear about a dinosaur with ginger-colored feathers, and Mike explains to a listener why wood isn't always good...for feeder birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #257

2010-03-07

On show #257: we feature a beautiful--but threatened--falcon; we learn about a "shrink your footprint" fair; and Mike explains why bird baths are for people, too. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #256

2010-02-28

On show #256: we feature the Seaweed Bird and report some good news about our Mystery Bird species. And Mike replies to a listener who wants to know who's been visiting her feeders. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #255

2010-02-22

On show #255: Special guest Vern Laux offers his unique perspective on birds, and some signs of spring; Mike advises a listener on how to get a close up view of neighborhood owls; and we bring back a couple of audio souvenirs from our visit to South Texas. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #254

2010-02-17

On show #254: we learn about the birds of South Texas, and about the new Rio Bravo Wildlife Institute on the Rio Grande River. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #253

2010-02-07

On show #253: Mass Audubon's John Galluzzo co-hosts and we talk about wintering catbirds, Snowy Owls, Harlequin Ducks, and King Eiders. And Mike questions a listener's theory about February-nesting bluebirds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #252

2010-01-31

On show #252: we learn about the bird that nests in the depth of winter; Mike talks about vultures and possums; and we almost stump listeners in our Mystery Bird Contest. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #251

2010-01-25

On show #251: Doug Chickering joins us today to wax poetic about an unusual recent bird sighting. Also today, we bring back the "butcher watchman" as our Featured Feathered Friend, and Mike offers some good advice on keeping your bird seed critter-free. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #250

2010-01-17

On show #250: we hear about how Oreoscoptes montanus is causing a big stir in Massachusetts. And one of North America's fastest flyers stumps some callers in our Mystery Bird contest. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #249

2010-01-12

On show #249: we learn about a Massachusetts birder who was looking for peeps but was arrested as a "Peeping Tom!" We'll also get a distant preview of the "Spring of the Year" through our Featured Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #248

2010-01-03

On show #248: we hear about some great--and odd--sightings; Mike gives advice to vacationing backyard birders; and for our Featured Feathered Friend, we go up to the lab...to see what's on the slab! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #247

2009-12-27

On show #247: we get a live Christmas Bird Count report Mass Audubon's John Galluzzo; we listen to an amazing recording of a gigantic robin roost; and we hear some hawk migration numbers that boggled our minds! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #246

2009-12-23

On show #246: we learn the nasty secret of Molothrus ater, while our Mystery Bird takes a long winter's nap. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #245

2009-12-13

On show #245: we learn some fascinating facts about a spectacular diver, and a demon driller, and Mike talks about the simple device that will bring non-feeder birds to your backyard. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #244

2009-12-07

On show #244: send us an email for a chance to win a Droll Yankees feeder in our Mystery Bird contest. Guests on today's show, from the River Valley Co-op in western Mass., include Mass Audubon's Wayne Petersen. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #243

2009-11-29

On show #243: we hear about parakeets in the Boston Public Garden; we learn some amazing facts about Ben Franklin's choice for our national symbol; and Mike proffers some advice about presenting pumpkin seeds to your feeder birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #242

2009-11-22

On show #242: we welcome Chris Rimmer from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies as co-host, and we learn about the biggest tern in the world. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #241

2009-11-19

On show #241: we learn about the amazing behavior of a Whip-poor-will relative; we get a rare bird report from a listener in Toronto; and a lady name Phoebe provides the inspiration for our Mystery Bird contest. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #240

2009-11-08

On show #240: we learn about a bird who sounds like the Pillsbury Doughboy, and we find our Mystery Bird in a prairie dog hole. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #239

2009-11-02

On show #239: we learn about the bird that's the national symbol of Kazakhstan; Mike offers advice on whether to put rice in your feeders; and we begin the show with the sound of...silence. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #238

2009-10-25

On show #238: we'll hear how Martha Stewart turned her backyard into a mecca for birds; Mike talks about the world's heaviest bird feeder; and Ray Charles helps us introduce our Featured Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #237

2009-10-18

On show #237: lots of folks in the northeast are saying the birds have disappeared from their backyards. On today's show, we try to find out why. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #236

2009-10-11

On show #236: we present a Mystery Bird that says its name, and we find our Featured Feathered Friend way down in South Texas. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #235

2009-10-05

On show #235: we learn about the bird that inspired the saying, "you look prettier than a pewee in a peckerwood tree." Our man John Galluzzo checks in live from Block Island, and we get a fearless fall finch forecast from Mike O'Connor. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #234

2009-09-27

On show #234: we offer praise for the "common" crow, and for another bird that gets the Rodney Dangerfield treatment. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #233

2009-09-21

On show #233: From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, features Laura Erickson, editor of the Birdscope newsletter; a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker as our featured bird; and a live sighting of a juvenile Bald Eagle! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #232

2009-09-16

On show #232: We learn about a bird that's also a pack rat; we report an unusual close encounter; and we get jealous over a bird's ability to lose weight, fast. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #231

2009-09-05

On show #231: We learn about a fellow named Dick who lived in the White House long before Dick Nixon. Also today, we NEARLY stump our callers on the Mystery Bird contest, and we offer a salute of sorts to the people of Hinckley, Ohio. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #230

2009-08-29

On show #230: Scott Weidensaul explains why shade-grown coffee is essential for the survival of birds. Also today, we hear a bird that sounds like a frog, and Mike solves an Osprey mystery for a listener. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #229

2009-08-24

On show #229: Scott Weidensaul explains why shade-grown coffee is essential for the survival of birds. Also today, we hear a bird that sounds like a frog, and Mike solves an Osprey mystery for a listener. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #228

2009-08-16

On show #228: we learn about red-eyed birds and skunk-headed coots, and how to find owls in the daytime. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #227

2009-08-10

On show #227: Wayne Petersen talks about the Important Bird Areas program and bird-friendly coffee. And Mike answers the provocative question, "Why can't we get British women to twitch?" …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #226

2009-08-03

On show #226: we offer free samples of bird-friendly Birds and Beans coffee; the big bad Black-back stars as our Featured Feathered Friend; and in our Let's Ask Mike segment we hear about the Cardinal vs. the Oldsmobile. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #225

2009-07-27

On show #225: David Clapp talks about shorebirds heading south, and the shearwater spectacular; Mike discusses the "robin with a sore throat;" and a listener ID's a hard-to-find Mystery Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #224

2009-07-19

On show #224: we find out why our Mystery Bird has a strangely-shaped bill; we learn about a blue heron that's sometimes white; and we salute an Australian town for their successful battle against waste and pollution. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #223

2009-07-14

On show #223: we learn some fascinating facts about a bird whose many nicknames include Skunk-headed Coot. We call today's Let's Ask Mike segment "Birds on a Break." And a wolf whistle helps an Illinois caller identify our Mystery Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #222

2009-07-05

On show #222: we learn some amazing stuff about the Sooty Shearwater; we present a tail-wagging Mystery Bird; and Mike explains what makes the Eastern Wood Pewee unique. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #221

2009-06-28

On show #221: we learn about a "rare" owl that's actually quite common; Mike tries to save a wren...and a marriage; and we spring a little surprise on our unsuspecting engineer. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #220

2009-06-22

On show #220: we learn about a bird that winters in the north; Mike helps a baffled backyard birder; and we present a new Birder's Profile. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #219

2009-06-14

On show #219: we welcome Olivia Gentile, author of "Life List," the remarkable story of Phoebe Snetzinger, who saw more species of birds than anyone else in history. Plus, the "Wolf Whistle" sandpiper and a rapidly-spinning Mystery Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #218

2009-06-11

On show #218: a bird with an eight-and-a-half-foot wingspan; one that's a most graceful flyer; another that's a world-class dancer; and a bird that's smarter than we think--all featured on today's edition of Talkin' Birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #217

2009-05-31

On show #217: we learn how the Purple Martin got its name, we get some advice on attracting Indigo Buntings, and blue is the color of our Mystery Bird.bird with a prodigious appetite for conifer seeds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #216

2009-05-25

On show #216: Mass Audubon's John Galluzzo co-hosts and we get a live report from a lady named Krill out in Cape Cod Bay. Also today, Mike answers two questions for a listener, and we hear about a bird with a prodigious appetite for conifer seeds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #215

2009-05-18

On show #215: we learn some fascinating facts about Pelecanus occidentalis, Mike has some good advice about saving your suet, and we hear some good news about a pesticide ban. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #214

2009-05-11

On show #214: we welcome Doug Chickering, who offers a poetic description of a Northern Flicker mating dance. Also today we learn about one of the few birds that exists only in the United States. And Mike tries to help a desperate listener achieve a life-long dream! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #213

2009-05-03

On show #213: we talk about some great conservation news; we learn some fascinating phalarope facts; and Mike explains the wanderings of the Pine Siskin. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #212

2009-04-26

On show #212: our man John "Gadabout" Galluzzo checks in from the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in New York. Also today, a caller makes good use of her field guide in our Mystery Bird Contest, and Mike helps--or at least sympathizes with--a listener whose robins are singing at 2 a.m. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #211

2009-04-19

On show #211: the late, great Roger Miller helps us introduce our Featured Feathered Friend; we field a couple of calls from Canada; and Mike helps a listener solve a cowbird conundrum. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #210

2009-04-14

On show #210: bird migration researcher Tim Spahr describes how he predicted a big fallout of birds last spring and how he might do it again. Also today our man Mike explains the behavior of paint-eating Blue Jays, and we learn how a beautiful diver got its name. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #209

2009-04-05

On show #209: David Clapp joins us for some hummingbird talk; Mike offers advice for a concerned backyard birder; and "Daddy Longlegs" is today's Mystery Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #208

2009-03-29

On show #208: an email quiz leads you to a 2-pound bag of Birds and Beans bird-friendly coffee. Also today, Mike solves a mystery about bees in bird feeders, and we learn about the plain bird with the flashing wings. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #207

2009-03-22

On show #207: we try to solve the mystery of a Robin's egg found in February; we give away more Birds and Beans coffee; and we learn some interesting stuff about a misnamed bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #206

2009-03-15

On show #206: we travel to ancient Troy to learn about a "beautiful swimmer;" our man Mike answers a question about birds and salmonella; and you could win a two-pound bag of bird-friendly coffee in our email quiz. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #205

2009-03-08

On show #205: we learn about the only true lark that's native to North America; Mike opines on the effect of cold weather on the timing of migrating birds; and our resident poet, Doug Chickering, laments "The Year of Perpetual Winter." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #204

2009-03-01

On show #204: we learn about a bird that looks like a Viking ship; Mike answers a surprising listener question; and we give away 6 pounds of bird-friendly coffee! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #203

2009-02-22

On show #203: renowned field guide author and naturalist Kenn Kaufman joins us to provide some first-hand observations about the importance of bird-friendly coffee. Also today, we head way out west to learn about a bird from...way back east. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #202

2009-02-17

On show #202: we welcome naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul, who explains the virtues of bird-friendly coffee. Also today, we stump our listeners on the Mystery Bird Contest, and Mike discusses how ultraviolet light may prevent bird window crashes. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #201

2009-02-08

On show #201: biologist Bridget Stutchbury talks about bird-friendly coffee and the Birds and Beans northern tour. Also today, Mike shatters a myth about birds and Christmas trees, and we learn a great way to tell the difference between a Cooper's Hawk and a Sharpie. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #200

2009-02-02

On show #200: Dr. Russell Greenberg of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center explains why drinking shade-grown coffee is so important. Also today, we learn about an owl that flies like a crow, and we present a Let's Ask Mike segment that we call "Like the Downy of a thistle."…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #199

2009-01-28

On show #199: we learn about a beautiful bird whose diet ranges from fish and crustaceans to carrion from Polar Bear kills. Also today, our Let's Ask Mike segment helps a listener deal with suet-stealing starlings. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #198

2009-01-22

On show #198: we learn about a bird that's not as quiet as his name would suggest; and Mike answers a question about putting lavender fronds...in your birdbath. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #197

2009-01-12

On show #197: intrepid birder Doug Chickering describes his amazing bird-a-day feat and waxes poetic about his favorite sightings of 2008. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #196

2009-01-04

On show #196: we hear about the strange legend of the Barnacle Goose, we debut our poem entitled "Shooting Clouds," and in our Let's Ask Mike segment the score is Barred Owl 1, American Crow 0. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #195

2008-12-30

On show #195: we learn about a sea mouse and an evening singer and get some tips on keeping your tabby away from your troglodytes. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #194

2008-12-22

On show #194: we discover how the voyages of Captain Cook led to the naming of a tern; we hear a bird that sounds like a cow; and Mike helps a listener who's craving crossbills. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #193

2008-12-15

On show #193: we hear about the Bush Administration's plans to remove protections for endangered species. Also today, we head for the tropics to meet our Featured Feathered Friend, and Mike sounds off on the perils of using mixed seed. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #192

2008-12-08

On show #192: we hear about a falcon from the north, a Bluebird from the west, and a handsome fellow who wears a necklace. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #191

2008-11-30

On show #191: we hear about a falcon from the north, a Bluebird from the west, and a handsome fellow who wears a necklace. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #190

2008-11-23

On show #190: we learn about a misnamed warbler; we ALMOST stump our listeners in the Mystery Bird Contest; and Mike explains what to do if your finches diss your thistle. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #189

2008-11-17

On show #189: Massachusetts Audubon's John Galluzzo joins us as co-host; we learn some fascinating facts about the Wilson's Snipe; and we hear about what might be the start of a big winter finch invasion. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #188

2008-11-12

On show #188: we hear one man's idea of the world's sexiest birds; we nearly stump our listeners in the Mystery Bird Contest, and in our Let's Ask Mike segment, the topic is "Drill, Baby, Drill." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #187

2008-11-03

On show #187: an indian legend tells how a certain duck came to have red eyes; Mike opines about a crow/raptor standoff; and we learn about another bird/dinosaur connection in a visit to our Science Corner.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #186

2008-10-27

On show #186: a mad scientist helps us create a Featured Feathered Friend; Mike warns us about the dangers of empty bird feeders; and our new contributor Doug Chickering waxes poetic about...cormorants. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #185

2008-10-20

On show #185: raptor expert Shawn Carey joins us live from the top of Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania. Also on today's show, Mike O'Connor tackles the topic of feather felony, and a weed seed-eating songbird challenges callers in our Mystery Bird Contest. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #184

2008-10-13

On show #184: an infamous old TV commercial helps us introduce a Featured Feathered Friend; Mike helps a listener save money while heating her birdbath; and we're giving away a beautiful prize in our email contest.…

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #183

2008-10-05

On show #183: award-winning author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul talks about the new "Birds & Beans" initiative. Also today, the Theme from Rawhide helps us re-introduce a Featured Feathered Friend, and Mike tells a listener how gorging House Sparrows retain their slender shapes. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #182

2008-09-29

On show #182: a familiar-sounding Mystery Bird fools a number of callers; we hear the lament of the House Finch; and Mike tackles a legal question about collecting birds' nests. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #181

2008-09-27

On show #181: we hear some predictions about which northern finches may visit the lower 48 this winter; we feature a bird that looks a lot better than it sounds; and Mike explains why pigeons walk so weirdly. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #180

2008-09-14

On show #180: we hear about wrestling Mockingbirds, the wonders of Block Island, and the only "true migrant" Eastern woodpecker. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #179

2008-09-08

On show #179: Mass Audubon's Wayne Petersen tells us about a new program that will turn off the lights in Boston skyscrapers to reduce energy use...and save migrating birds. And we stump our listeners in today's Mystery Bird Contest. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #178

2008-09-02

On show #178: we catch the East Coast excitement about a Southwest hummer; we also learn some fun facts about the Ruby-throat; and we even get some advice about pigeons. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #177

2008-08-25

On show #177: we get some great reports on migrating nighthawks, and Whimbrels at a Pops Concert, and a live report from the Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine. Also today, Mike provides some good binocular advice. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #176

2008-08-17

On show #176: we learn about birds that boom, and birds that break speed records, and Mike tells a listener why her birds are so quiet. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #175

2008-08-13

On show #175: we stump our callers in the Mystery Bird Contest, we "crown" a featured bird, and Mike answers a listener's eggshell inquiry. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #174

2008-08-06

On show #174: We hear about a southwestern hummer that's causing a stir in Massachusetts; we learn about a bird that rubs its feathers with mothballs; and we try to answer a question about a dove that just refuses to go home. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #172

2008-07-28

On show #172: we hear some fabulous conservation news from Canada. Also today, we learn why a muddy retriever might bring birds to your yard. And, take this Featured Bird...please! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #173

2008-07-27

On show #173: Boreal Campaign Senior Scientist Jeff Wells shares the good news about 55 million acres being protected in northern Ontario. Also today, we stump our callers in the Mystery Bird Contest, and a quote from the great Aldo Leopold introduces our Featured Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #171

2008-07-15

On show #171: we "return to those thrilling days of yesteryear," hear a most unusual-sounding bird, and try to solve a mystery about some nocturnal woodpeckers. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #170

2008-07-06

On show #170: we hear the sound that gives a tiny predator its name; we hear the calls of roosting parakeets; and in our Let's Ask Mike segment, we hear some advice about dealing with a screeching Great Horned Owl. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #169

2008-06-30

On show #169: we get a trucker-friendly introduction to our Featured Feathered Friend; we stump our callers with a wild-sounding Meadowlark relative; and our man Mike reveals the “secrets” of some long-lived birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #168

2008-06-23

On show #168: we get a live mountaintop bird report, we learn how a wandering songbird got its name, and we hear about an "exploding" Mockingbird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #167

2008-06-15

On show #167: we listen to some frightening creatures with huge red eyes, hear "testimony" from a Congressional hearing, and solve the mystery of the Peeping Tom Chipping Sparrows. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #166

2008-06-08

On show #166: we learn how feeding phalaropes defy gravity, and we recount a bird's story that began in Central Park. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #165

2008-06-04

On show #165: we revisit a favorite Featured Friend, and Mike tells us why we should clean our houses...once a year. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #164

2008-05-25

On show #164: a Featured Friend not to be trifled with; a Mystery Bird that'll pilfer from your picnic table; and Mike talks about the increasing cost of filling your...birdfeeders. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #163

2008-05-19

On show #163: we learn the remarkable history of a Featured Feathered Friend, and Mike tries to help with a backyard burglary. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #162

2008-05-11

On show #162: We're serenaded by Tiny Tim and Slim Whitman (!) as we learn about a bird that times its egg laying to the phases of the moon. And we pay a visit to the Talkin' Birds Science Corner. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #161

2008-05-05

On show #161: We present a reprise of our Kentucky Birdy race; we answer the question "what's a bullbat?"; and a listener describes a wild backyard scene. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #160

2008-04-28

On show #160: We get a live report from the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and feature a bird that sounds like two stones banging together. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #159

2008-04-21

On show #159: Dr. Bridget Stutchbury talks about the many threats facing neotropical migrants as described in her new book; we meet the "Canada Jay;" and we stump our callers in our Mystery Bird contest. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #158

2008-04-13

On show #158: we learn how the Anna's Hummingbird makes its mysterious "chirp," and we feature a bird with a plume on its pileum! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #157

2008-04-09

On show #157: we hear some disturbing news about pesticide use south of the border; we learn about the only shorebird that uses leks; and Mike helps a listener deal with messy visitors. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #156

2008-04-02

On show #156: an Alaskan listener reports some cool sightings, John Galluzzo checks in from Nantucket island, and Mike O'Connor has some advice for a bluebird lover. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #155

2008-03-24

On show #155: we learn what happened to the Rufous-sided Towhee; we recall the year when there was no summer; and we spread some good news about the beautiful Red Knot. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #154

2008-03-16

On show #154: we'll hear how some New Jersey officials are trying to save the Red Knot. We'll also get some insight into this winter's irruptions of Boreal birds; and our man Mike pontificates about peanuts. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #153

2008-03-10

On show #153: we're wowed by the traveling exploits of a certain shorebird; Dr. Jeff Wells joins us to talk about his important new book; and we stump our callers on the Mystery Bird Contest (and forget to reveal its identity--we'll do so next week!) …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #152

2008-03-09

On show #152: we enter the world of the Great Grey Owl through the poetry of John Caddy; we learn about some amazing dove behavior; and Mike dispenses some advice to a finch-deprived listener. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #151

2008-02-24

On show #151: we learn some remarkable things about the Solitary Sandpiper; Mike explains why a House Sparrow emptied an entire feeder without eating anything; and we hear about some great options for handicapped birders. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #150

2008-02-17

On show #150: we learn about the "symbol of the wild north," and we solve mysteries about a loner bird...and a lonely birdbath …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #149

2008-02-11

On show #149: William Cullen Bryant helps us with our Featured Feathered Friend; a special guest tells us about an amazing new system for watching nighttime bird migration; and Mike tells a listener why he doesn't see birds on weekdays! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #148

2008-02-04

On show #148: we learn the truth about Carduelis Pinus; we hear from a silly-sounding Mystery Bird (who'll remain a mystery until next week); and Mike offers advice on...getting rid of a bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #147

2008-01-28

On show #147: we hear about a bird that avoids injury through built-in airbags; Mass. Audubon's John Galluzzo joins us in studio; and Mike offers some good winter backyard bird advice. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #146

2008-01-20

On show #146: we hear from bird song expert Don Kroodsma, with music inspired by birds; and Mike recommends preparing suet at home...NOT! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #145

2008-01-16

On show #145: we present a swimming "turkey," an effervescent pipsqueak, and a discussion about fly paper! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #144

2008-01-06

On show #144: we learn about one of Eastern America's favorite birds; we come REALLY close to stumping our listeners on the Mystery Bird Contest; and Mike offers some advice on attracting winter finches. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #143

2008-01-02

On show #143: we wax poetic about a visitor from the north; a tiny brown Mystery Bird nearly stumps our listeners; and Mike explains how a little tray can solve a critter problem. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #142

2007-12-23

On show #142: we present a bird with a "red beret and a black goatee." We also welcome a special guest, and we recount the mysteries surrounding the Red Crossbill. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #141

2007-12-19

On show #141: we learn about a songbird that behaves like a raptor, and a tropical bird that can moonwalk better than Michael Jackson! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #140

2007-12-10

On show #140: we know cats are bad news for birds, but how about dogs? And, should birds line their nests with...fiberglass insulation? …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #139

2007-12-02

On show #139: we "construct" a Featured Feathered Friend," present a Mystery Bird which gets its name from its call, and get some bird feeding advice from our man Mike. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #138

2007-11-25

On show #138: ornithologist Marshall Iliff talks about western hummingbirds wintering in New England; and he explains why the Red Crossbill may soon be "split" into several species. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #137

2007-11-19

On show #137: we hear that an item in your desk drawer could prevent bird window crashes. Also today, Ray waxes nostalgic about birding in the snow, and Mike talks about another southern bird that may be moving north. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #136

2007-11-13

On show #136: we learn why New Englanders are being encouraged to put out hummingbird feeders...now! Also today, we hear a bird that sounds like a motorboat, and Mike tells us what he thinks about attracting birds with cranberries. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #135

2007-11-07

On show #135: we find out why our beautiful Mystery Bird doesn't sing; we learn about a bird that's not as big as it looks; and Mike offers some tips on caring for your...dead trees. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #134

2007-11-01

On show #134: we start with a scary--and amazing--Featured Feathered Friend, present a Mystery Bird that sounds like a chipmunk, and hear from a listener about why you might want to put red squares on the side of your house! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #133

2007-10-25

On show #133: we learn about a spectacular diver, and a migration champion; and Mike shatters a myth about... exploding birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #132

2007-10-18

On show #132: our Mystery Bird almost stumps our callers, Mike answers a Mockingbird migration question, and we feature the bird that inspired the old Heckel and Jeckel TV cartoon. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #131

2007-10-10

On show #131: we answer a question about bald Cardinals, we hear an amazing story about a winged shoplifter, and our Mystery Bird arrives in Massachusetts after a 150 year absence! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #130

2007-10-10

On show #130: we hear from listeners in Alaska and Japan, and we learn about North America's only all-red bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #129

2007-09-29

On show #129: the Mystery Bird is an underrated mimic; our Featured Feathered Friend is a scary one; and a listener offers some good reasons to keep your hummingbird feeders up after the end of summer. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #128

2007-09-20

On show #128: we focus on raptors--with Shawn Carey in a live report from the top of Pennsylvania's Hawk Mountain; in our Featured Feathered Friend segment; and with our near-stumper Mystery Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #127

2007-09-17

On show #127: birding guru (and Red-Footed Falcon discoverer) Vern Laux tells us about a huge incursion of Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches..and why you might want to put up more feeders this fall. And we learn that the Sandhill Crane has established a new nesting location. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #126

2007-09-08

On show #126: we again almost stump our callers in our Mystery Bird Contest; and Ray files one of his "Rooftop Reports." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #125

2007-08-31

On show #125: we hear from a very underappreciated bird, and we also hear from new listeners in New Jersey and Oregon. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #124

2007-08-23

On show #124: the Elvis Bird meets...Elvis. And why they're linked by the year 1935. Also today, a last minute caller IDs our Mystery Bird, and our man Mikes gives us some good Osprey talk. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #123

2007-08-16

On show #123: we feature what may be the world's most graceful flyer; and we present a Mystery Bird that could end up making big news! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #122

2007-08-08

On show #122: "Jim" is a game show contestant as we present our Featured Feathered Friend; we stump all of our Mystery Bird callers; and Mike advises a listener about preserving an aging next box. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #121

2007-08-06

On show #121: we discover the identity of the "French Mockingbird," stump callers from Georgia and Texas on our Mystery Bird Contest, and learn about a bird that can thank Dutch Elm disease for its population growth. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #120

2007-07-28

On show #120: we hear a bird that's pound-for-pound one of the loudest on the planet; we learn some fascinating facts about those cigars with wings; and Mike helps a listener deal with a "herd" of grackles. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #119

2007-07-19

On show #119: we enjoy calls from 2 parts of Illinois, present an intriguing question to Mike from a listener in Israel, and learn some amazing facts about a bird from India! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #118

2007-07-10

On show #118: we talk by phone with Mass Audubon's John Galluzzo in the middle of his bird walk, and former Sanctuary Director David Clapp pays us an entertaining visit in the studio. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #117

2007-07-06

On show #117: We salute our friends north of the border in our Featured Feathered Friend segment. Also today, our man Mike O'Connor, whose new book just got a rave review in Birder's World Magazine, helps a listener with a startling problem. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #116

2007-06-27

On show #116: We almost stump all of our Mystery Bird callers; Mike offers advice to a frustrated backyard birder; and our Science Corner reveals some amazing research about apparent weapon use by birds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #115

2007-06-20

On show #115: We learn some of the secrets that have helped Don Kroodsma become the world's leading authority on birdsongs. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #114

2007-06-17

On show #114: We meet Barbara Volkle, moderator of the highly-successful MassBird.org email list; Mike offers some feline-fighting advice to a listener from Wales; and our Mystery Bird proves to be a stumper. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #113

2007-06-05

On show #113: Editor Lisa White talks about her new book "Good Birders Don't Wear White"; we get a long-distance winner in our Mystery Bird Contest; and Mike tackles a question about an avian "Aztec Two-step." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #112

2007-06-03

On show #112: today's show, one listener suggests to another that there's only one sure way to eliminate House Sparrows--and it's not pretty. Plus, a couple o' cowpokes introduce our Featured Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #111

2007-05-23

On show #111: today's show offers a potpourri of listener questions and observations by phone and email, while Mike offers some sage advice about bird books. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #110

2007-05-15

On show #110: it's Mother's Day, and singer Tiny Tim (remember him?) opens the show for us, while we nearly stump our listeners on the Mystery Bird Contest, and Mike O'Connor answers a listener question as only he can! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #109

2007-05-12

On show #109: we present our avian version of the Kentucky Derby; recall an old jingle for our Featured Feathered Friend segment; and get some good avice on attracting Bluebirds to your yard. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #108

2007-05-01

On show #108: Ray recaps his birdy week in Louisiana; Mike offers good advice on avoiding avian window crashes; and listeners report on some exciting migratory bird sightings. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #107

2007-04-30

On show #107: We hear about our producer's excellent raptor sighting while being treated by his chiropractor, and the Pillsbury Doughboy helps us with our Featured Feathered Friend! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #106

2007-04-18

On show #106: Vern Laux explains why he's so excited about a pending Nor'easter; and we hear about new research that links chickens to Tyrannosaurus Rex! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #105

2007-03-28

On show #105: We hear some Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds; we hear from feeder expert Mike O'Connor on attracting and feeding hummingbirds; and guest Kathleen Anderson gives us an unusual tax tip. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #104

2007-03-28

On show #104: Our show today is...unbelievable! We think you'll like it. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #103

2007-03-28

On show #103: A Hummingbird migration update; Mass Audubon's John Galluzzo files a live report from Nantucket; and our Mystery Bird proves to be surprisingly elusive. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #102

2007-03-20

On show #102: A controversial plan to protect Piping Plovers--with a gun. And Mike offers some good advice about birdhouses. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #101

2007-03-15

On show #101: We visit a carnival side show, talk with birding guru Wayne Petersen, and stump our listeners with our Mystery Bird. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #100

2007-03-06

On show #100: We find out the difference between an American Coot and an old coot. And in our Science Corner, we learn--once again--that birds may be smarter than we think. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #99

2007-02-27

On show #99: Expert and trainer Sue Finnegan explains what it takes to be a bird bander, and we take liberties with a Cat Stevens song in presenting today's Featured Feathered Friend. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #98

2007-02-21

On show #98: Tour leader David Clapp tells of his trips to Tanzania and Peru, and offers some traveling tips. And Mike O'Connor offers some suggestions on choosing a spotting scope. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #97

2007-02-13

On show #97: Myoko Chu from Cornell Lab of Ornithology talks about the Great Backyard Bird Count, and we get feeding tips and Birding at Work stories from listeners in Charlotte and Chicago. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #96

2007-02-12

On show #96: Our Featured Feathered Friend gets some good news from his doctor, and a British parasailer fights a battle with 2 Eagles at 8,000 feet! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #95

2007-01-30

On show #95: Our man Mike has some great tips for keeping House Sparrows out of your birdhouses, and we report on the sale of a decoy--for nearly a million dollars! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #94

2007-01-29

On show #94: A listener from Boston tells a tale of some great urban waterfowl sightings, and we make a call to...1-800-BANK SWALLOW! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #93

2007-01-18

On show #93: Our Miss Phalarope waxes petic about today's "Featured Feathered Friend," and we hear about an amazing Bald Eagle rescue--by rifle shot! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #92

2007-01-10

On show #92: The cliché about a bird in the hand comes to life as Vern tells about a Yellow Rail. And...why one city birds are turning to Hip Hop! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #91

2007-01-10

On show #91: Mike talks about how and why to provide water for birds this winter, and in our Science Corner we get some good news about Whooping Cranes. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #90

2007-01-10

On show #90: Our Mystery Bird almost stumps our callers; Mike offers tips on keeping cats from your feeders; and we learn some amazing facts about the Hooded Merganser. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #89

2006-12-18

On show #89: An amazing hawk watch in Mexico, and some exciting live sightings from a local beach. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #88

2006-12-17

On show #88: A "secret" for cleaning your scope and binocular lenses; a bird dipped in rasberry sauce; and why your backyard birds may be smarter than the ones who've gone south. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #87

2006-12-09

On show #87: Master Birder Vern Laux joins us live from Cade Cod thicket, and Mass Audubon's John Galluzzo reports on his Yellow Rail finding...and photos! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #86

2006-12-02

On show #86: "Mister Meadowlark" is featured (both the bird and the vintage Bing Crosby song!); we offer some interesting website connections; and we report some good news about a bird known as the "Bonecrusher." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #85

2006-11-19

On show #85: We hear a bird that sounds like a rusty gate, learn some amazing stuff about Barn Owls, and welcome listeners tuned in to our new affiliate station in Rhode Island. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #84

2006-11-19

On show #84: Our Mystery Bird, the Thunder-Pumper, almost proves to be a stumper! Plus new research on the use of tools by crows... in our Science Corner. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #83

2006-11-12

On show #83: Mass. Audubon's John Galluzzo joins us live in studio, and we talk about raptors, finches, and shorebirds, and how to protect your feeder birds against cats. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #82

2006-10-31

On show #82: Manomet Scientist Trevor Lloyd-Evans opines on bird migration, population trends, and what he learned about bird flu from his recent trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #81

2006-10-27

On show #81: Our Featured Feathered Friend segment takes uss to cattle country, a listener from Maryland tells about his "Moses parting the sea" moment, and we hear about some exciting research in our Science Corner. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #80

2006-10-21

On show #80: News about a new bird discovered in Columbia; a breakthrough in bird migration research; and some incredible Monarch Butterfly stats. And our resident professor Dr. Refus Towhee checks in with his Bird Word of the Day. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #79

2006-10-10

On show #79: Birding expert David Clapp gives advice about scopes and binoculars... and gets buzzed by a Sharp-shinned hawk in the middle of the conversation! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #78

2006-10-03

On show #78: An intriguing and credible report about possible Ivory-billed woodpecker sightings... in Florida! And, an "absurdly beautiful" bird is in our "Featured Feathered Friend" spotlight. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #77

2006-09-27

On show #77: Ray reports on a trip to a fog-shrouded mountaintop. Plus, we find out about a new bird species, and we get help from Bobby Vinton in our Featured Feathered Friend Segment! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #76

2006-09-14

On show #76: The legendary Foghorn Leghorn helps us with a "Featured Feathered Friend", and we talk with Scott Hecker--the man who saved the Piping Plover. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #75

2006-09-14

On show #75: We hear a bird that seems to be asking a question, and Doctor Rufus Towhee "bristles" over a new "Bird Word of the Day". …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #74

2006-09-06

On show #74: Hawk Expert Shawn Carey; the amazing story of the hawk that mimics a Turkey Vulture; and the bird that's been described as a "meatloaf on a stick." …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #73

2006-09-05

On show #73: In the Science Corner, we'll learn why it is that the fatter birds get, the farther they can fly! And what's a snowy-bodied, yellow-lored, black-legged, mustard foot!? …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #72

2006-09-05

On show #72: Birding expert David Clapp has more on the Mysteries of Migration; and in the Science Corner, we hear that some birds may call their offspring by name! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #71

2006-08-15

On show #71: Ray talks with former Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary Director David Clapp about migration season; and our resident "professor" Doctor Refus Towhee stumps Ray (as usual) with his Bird Word of the Day. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #70

2006-08-15

On show #70: Why House Sparrows prefer certain kinds of ...cars! And a Mystery Bird that "used to be" a Warbler. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #69

2006-07-26

On show #69: Phil Kyle's Bird Mimicry, and birds that change the pitch of their calls because of...Automobile traffic! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #68

2006-07-18

On show #68: Ray tries to help stop Avian Window crashes, and gets stumped (again) by Dr. Rufus Towhee. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #67

2006-07-11

On show #67: Vern Laux shares observations about shorebirds, and John Galluzo reports from the footsteps of Thereau. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #66

2006-07-05

On show #66: When is a Marsh Hawk not a "Marsh Hawk"? And would you pay $750 for an 8-foot tall Flamingo? …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #65

2006-07-05

On show #65: Ray reports today on his birding trip to Maine with the A.B.A. And did European Starlings really rip off a car wash!? …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #64

2006-06-24

On show #64: A listener clues us in a bout a great nestcam site, while other listeners block their ears upon hearing today's Mystery Bird! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #63

2006-06-14

On show #63: A brief talk about Chat, some nest cam info, and an update on those famous Red-tails, Pale Male and Lola. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #62

2006-06-06

On show #62: Birding expert Pete Dunne offers an opinion on the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker controversy, and Dr. Rufus Rowhee stumps Ray--as usual-in our Bird Word of the Day segment. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #61

2006-06-02

On show #61: Male Red-winged Blackbirds attract females with their bright red shoulder patches...or do they? We find out in today's Science Corner. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #60

2006-05-23

On show #60: "Doctor" Rufus Towhee teaches us a new bird word, and Mike O'Connor provides some advice about serving suet in the summer. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #59

2006-05-18

On show #59: The beautiful Cedar Waxwing is our "Featured Feathered Friend", and we find out why some birds choose dull mates! …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #58

2006-05-09

On show #58: A "creepy" little bird is our Featured Feathered Friend--and our resident expert "Doctor" Rufus Towhee returns from sabbatical with his "Bird Word of the Day". …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #57

2006-05-02

On show #57: Mass. Audobon's John Gallluzzo talks with Ray about Birding-by-ear, and the Baltimore Oriole Project; and our "Featured Feathered Friend" focuses on the Bonaparte's Gull. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #56

2006-04-27

On show #56: Look! Up in the sky! It's a plane! It's...our Featured Feathered Friend--a bird that can reach nearly 200 miles per hour in a dive! Also today, a new Mystery Bird; and our man Mike answers a question about Cardinals and Catbirds. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #55

2006-04-17

On show #55: Ray talks with ornithologist Wayne Peterson about the Important Bird Areas Program; and we've got some tips on how to identify birds in the field. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #54

2006-04-15

On show #54: Three guests from the Cape Cod Bird Club talk about a big weekend coming in May; Ray waxes poetic in his "Memories of Cape Cod Winter Birding"; and some more tips about building birdhouses. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #53

2006-04-05

On show #53: Another possible challenge to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker discovery; ornithologist Wayne Petersen answers the question: What's so important about the Important Birds Areas program?; and some tips about building birdhouses. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #52

2006-04-05

On show #52: How a wild turkey spoiled some TV viewing for a Michigan couple; a caller tells us about a great birding device he discovered--in a toy department (!); and listeners share some ideas for the start of our second year. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #51

2006-03-21

On show #51: More controversy about the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker; Amazing news about what Hummingbirds can remember; and our Mystery Bird Contest links the East Coast with the West Coast. …

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Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds show #50

2006-03-15

On show #50: We talk about the creatures known locally as Timberdoodles and Pinkletinks; try to answer questions about chicken grit, and disappearing birds; and stump some callers in our Mystery Bird Contest! …

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