two-fist·ed – (‘tü-‘fis-təd) Adjective: marked by vigorous often virile energy. As in two-fisted journalism.

A man holds a pair of binoculars, one hand wrapped around each side. His fingers are curled like fists, and they come together making a strong symbolic statement. You’re looking at a two-fisted bird watcher, buddy.

Birders were once portrayed as ladies in tweed and guys who looked like bookish nerds. But tough men and women are birding and they’re not tweedy or nerdy. They’re Army Rangers on patrol.

They stalk wild animals: Spring migrants that were in a South American jungle a month ago. Or winter visitors that crossed the Canadian tundra to get here.

Bobcats and bears are cool, and we see a few. But birds come in wild varieties, and spotting them is a physical and mental challenge; a two-fisted sport.

You just can’t hold a pair of binoculars up to your eyes without putting up your dukes. The two-fisted bird watcher is here. Maybe, the two-fisted bird watcher is you.

Is it an online magazine? A birding site? A blog? 

Yes. Two-Fisted Birdwatcher is all those things. Like an online magazine it has articles, short and long. There’s fun fiction in Stories. There are essays and adventures in Viewpoints. Some have appeared in national magazines; some are new. You’ll confront mystery birds in The Bird Detective. And you’ll learn about books you might like in our Two-Fisted Library. Like a birding site, Two-Fisted Birdwatcher has photos, heavy-duty ornithology and useful tips and links. And like a blog it has posts reporting on “Daily Sightings.” So pop open a beer and click away. Have fun.

Latest in Daily Sightings: “The Missing Tree.”

A Revised Page: “About Two-Fisted Birdwatcher.”

A New Fiction Piece in Stories: “A Vulture’s Daydream.”

New in The Bird Detective: “The Case of the Naked Jaybird.”

New in Viewpoints: “An Irony of Geese.”

New Guest Essay: “Ducks Ain’t Birds,” By Bob Grump