Poppy Remlinger

November Update

Mindful Birding: A Beginner’s Guide, my new book, features the amazing work of a team of friends, family, neighbors and fellow birding enthusiasts from Seattle and Ohio. The focus is on teaching my friend and college roommate, Renée, how to get started with birding and mindfulness. And get started she did with gusto. She took nearly all of the photos featured in the book, improved her health through regular walking and is now a card carrying, birding nerd like me. This month’s blog features Renée’s photography in the hopes of inspiring you to also join the club.


Birds of Seattle

Anna’s Hummingbird


Chestnut-backed Chickadee

photo of Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Rhinoceros Auklet

photo of Rhinoceros Auklet

October update: Seattle in September

In prep to release Mindful Birding, my new book featuring birds of Seattle, I visited my friend Renée in Seattle in September. We had a birding marathon. For real, we walked over 26.2 miles in 4 days, visited the locations highlighted in the new book and saw over 60 species of birds. Not bad for a pretty quick trip.

Anna’s Hummingbird stretches his wing casually, while showing his stunning stuff

Sandhill Cranes jump around, jump around, jump up, jump up, jump down

Spotted Towhee smiles and looks quite pleased

Gadwall takes a snooze

September Blog

Late summer birding can be quiet as many birds are hiding out as they molt in prep for migration. Getting out anyway offers me the chance to connect with and appreciate the beauty of nature, birds or no.

Sunrise on Lake Erie

View from Kelleys Island State Park

Black Swallowtail

Butterfly enjoying a zinnia at my garden

European Robin

A recent conference offered the opportunity to meet new birds

Common Chaffinch

Probably the House Finch of Europe, still lovely

August Happenings

August is the middle of summer and many birds have started preparations to migrate. Adults are in the process of teaching “youngins” where and how to find and catch food. Some birds will molt before migration and will keep a low profile as their new plumage grows. Check out recent photos from around Ohio.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo; Kelleys Island

“Yummy mayfly for you, son”

Indigo Bunting; Meadowbrook Marsh

“Moooooom, don’t take another picture of me, my feathers are messed up!”

House Wren; Scioto Audubon Columbus

These perky, cheerful wrens have already stopped their singing and may have packed
their bags for southern U.S. or even Mexico

Little Blue Heron; Hilliard

A rare visitor to Ohio, this Little Blue Heron is a juvenile who may have decided to strike out
on its own from its parents to find more food…or just because its parents told it to stay put.

Meet the Author

Lakewood Library Virtual Event

Lakewood Library hosted a virtual “meet the author” event to discuss my books and explore the birds of the Buckeye state. The latest book in my Lessons from a Birdbrain series focuses on birds found in Ohio in the winter months. Lessons from a Birdbrain: Winter, Ohio teaches that birding is actually a form of mindfulness, the state of being conscious and aware. Watch on YouTube

Laura McDermott Lakewood Library event