Dirty Bird Podcast

Dirty Bird

In each episode, your host Dr. John tells you everything you need to know about a bird species with a laid back attitude. Learn about bird evolution, taxonomy, and behavior, with a few myths and legends mixed in. John keeps the banter light, the energy bright, and the humor raunchy. Warning: Fowl language Follow on Instagram @Dirtybirdpodcast, send listener mail or voice memos at dirtybirdpodcast@gmail.com to have them heard on the show! Theme song by Dick Piston, aka Ricky Pistone. Outro music by the Sidewalk Slammers

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Episode 58: Spread Eagle: All about America's bird the Bald Eagle
01-07-2023
Episode 58: Spread Eagle: All about America's bird the Bald Eagle
In this 4th of July special, John talks all about America’s bird the Bald Eagle! While majestic appearing, the Bald Eagle has quite the bad reputation amongst those who have observed its habits up close, Benjamin Franklin even called it “very lousy”! But do its redeeming qualities make up for its sometimes nasty nature? Explore these topics as John tells you everything you need to know about the Bald Eagle! Also, the return of Punchy Joe who talks about the Bald Eagle pair that have spent 10 years raising young just off his dock. And a listener message from friend of the show Charlie! Learn about Bald Eagle Biology, their interactions with humans, how it became America's bird, Native american legends, about a Bald Eagle that fought in the civil war, threats to their population, and their evolutionary history. So put in your headphones, light up the BBQ, and press play on this episode! .Cover art by Jessica Coker! Check out all her work on her Instagram page @jessicacokerartist .Outro music by the Sidewalk Slammers, check them out wherever you get your music ..All bird sounds are from xeno-canto.orgBald Eagle Call 1 by: Steve HamptonBald Eagle Call 2 by: Davyd Betchkayl Bald Eagle Call 3 by: Paul MarvinOsprey Call by: Bruce Lagerquist Bald Eagle majestic call by: Russ Wigh Red-Tailed Hawk Call by: Peter Ward and Ken Hall     Bald Eagle Capture call by Paul Marvin .Civil War music by adeluc4 from freesounds.orgNative American drum by sandyrb from freesounds.orgBird flap by agentDD from freesounds.orgLanding sound by yoyodaman234 from freesounds.org..Find dirty bird podcast Tshirts at https://www.teepublic.com/user/dirtybird-podcast
Episode 54: Bachman's Warbler Overdrive (BWO)
21-03-2023
Episode 54: Bachman's Warbler Overdrive (BWO)
Much of the life history of Bachman’s Warbler is a mystery. It spent only four months in the American Southeast each summer before migrating to Cuba and often inhabited swampy, difficult to access environments. With its likely extinction in the 1980s, there’s much we will never know about this bird…but that doesn’t stop John from speculating! Using historical accounts dating back to the 1800s, information from preserved specimens, and inferences based on its close relatives, John tells you everything there is to know about Bachman’s warbler along with his own thoughts. Was Bachman’s Warbler a bamboo specialist, an ecosystem now almost entirely extinct in the US? Could Bachman’s Warbler can be a flower specialist in Cuba, like the honeycreepers of Hawaii? Also, could it still be out there? John and Bird Photographer and enthusiast Tanner think possibly so! Tanner joins John in this episode to discuss his own personal search for Bachman’s warbler in one of the few Canebrake ecosystems left in the US. ..The following bird calls are from xeno-canto.orgNorthern Parula call by NaomiChipping Sparrow by Manuel Grosselet Worm-eating warbler by Cristopher McPhersonBlack and white warbler zeep: Matt WistrandBachman’s warbler call record by Arthur A. Allen and Paul Kellogg, preserved on the Macaulay Library through the Cornell lab of Ornithology..Intro song sung by John Janousek, using “Taking Care of Business” instrumental from Drew’s famous classic rock instrumental version 2 Outro music by the Sidewalk Slammers
Episode 49: Okie Dokie Towhee (Eastern and Spotted Towhee)
12-11-2022
Episode 49: Okie Dokie Towhee (Eastern and Spotted Towhee)
In this episode, Dr. John explores the life history of the Eastern and Spotted Towhee. While common birds in backyards and parks, there’s many interesting facts about them the average birder doesn’t know. Did you know their eye color varies with region? Or that humans and towhees share a microbiome? And what the heck do Towhees have to do with Shakespeare?! Listen to this episode to find out more! Dr. John reads all the research papers so you don’t have to! Learn everything you need to know about these two amazing bird species.  .Learn about: The meaning of their scientific name, their feeding and breeding behaviors, what kind of habitats they prefer, their evolutionary history, causes of predation and disease, and how their population numbers are doing. All facts are supported by research and review of scientific articles. ..Bird calls used in the show are from xeno-canto.org Intro Eastern Towhee Song by Molly Jacobson Intro Spotted Towhee Song by Manuel Grosselet Towhee Saying its name by Caio BritoChewink call by John A. Middleton Jr. 2:00Drink your tea song by Christopher McPherson 17:00Communication call by Christopher McPherson Spotted Towhee song by Manuel GrosseletSpotted Towhee mew by Thomas Magarian Blue-Grey Catbird mew by Russ WighCombined chewink and song by Christopher McPherson Tea song with flair by Christopher McPherson ..Intro music by Ricky Pistone and Outro Music by the Sidewalk Slammers..Cover art used from the Public Domain
Episode 46: Lord of The Wings: The Birds of Tolkien's Middle Earth and Undying Lands
30-06-2022
Episode 46: Lord of The Wings: The Birds of Tolkien's Middle Earth and Undying Lands
Eagles, Gorcrows, and Crebain…oh my! Throughout the works of J.R.R Tolkien, including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Fall of Gondolin, The Simarillion, and Beren and Luthien, birds feature prominently.  Some, like the Eagle, play a big role while other birds are more obscure. In this podcast episode, three life long friends and LOTR nerds discuss nearly every bird reference made in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Return of the Ring, and The Hobbit. They also explore birds throughout Tolkien’s many other works. Using a mixture of books and movie depictions, your dorky hosts have a lot of laughs and raunchy jokes while discussing the feathered folk of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands. Whether you’ve only seen the movies or can fluently speak elvish this episode will keep you smiling and learning. Find out more about the Eagles ancestry and deeds, Ravens relationship with dwarves, bird spies of Sauron, and the majestic swans of Ulmo and their relationship to Galadriel. Also learn a deep cut about Tom Bombadil and Kingfishers, Aragorn’s relationship with birds, and the possible meaning of the black swans. ..Also special shout outs to Podcasts that help pave the way for this episode including The Tolkien Road Podcast, The Prancing Pony Podcast, and The Lord of The Rings Minute Podcast. ..Intro Music By Ricky Pistone and Outro music by the Sidewalk Slammers. Check them out wherever you get your music...Cover art “Tuor and the Swans” by Eirwen98 from the Public Domain. ..If you liked this episode, please share, leave a review and subscribe! I really appreciate it