Birdwatching Information: Beginner tips
Learn how to start bird watching. Ideas for people new to birding, includes advice on equipment, planning, regions, trips.
Put on your long sleeved shirt, and maybe a jacket or coat if its cold outside, a pair of long-legged slacks, tennis shoes or boots, a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes, your binoculars, a pad and pen, and a good bird guide and head outside to look for, find, and watch birds.
Birdwatching is a popular pastime and there are even clubs you can join that are devoted to our feahtered freinds. Depending on where you live and the time of the year, you can spot Cardinals, Finches, Black Birds, Pidgeons, Hawks, Falcons, Wrens, Blue Jays, Robins,Starlings, Nut Hatches, Yellow-Bellied Sapsukcers, Blue Birds, Woodpeckers, Goldfinches, Chickadees, Sparrowsm, and many, many more varities of birds.
You can attract many type of birds right to your back yard by putting out feeders and bird houses, but you can get a better look at birds in their natural habitat by hiking to the woods and loking for them. Sometimes you will see them perched high in a tree top in their nests, and that is one time when you are going to need your binoculars to get a good look at your subject. You can use a open and pad to write down the date, the time, and the species you saw as a way of keeping track. You can even take pictures with a camera or a camcorder. Youcan then keep these photos in a scrapbook to share with other birdwatchers who will be interested in seeing them.
You shold try to be as quiet as you can and not go crashing through the woods to look for birds. Loud noises will scare them away. Use your reference guide to identify birds that you see and do not know what they are. It is no fun to birdwatch if you do not know what kind of bird that you are seeing. And, be sure to ger permission first before you start birdwatching on someone eles's property. You can getin trouble for trespassing.
If there are no local birdwatching clubs or groups, then you should consider startting your own. It would not take much to start one. You can contact local wildlife officials and see if they offer free publications for birdwatchers. This information would probzbly be localized and would be quite beneficial to you. Another good idea would be to visit yor local library and ckeck out books on birdwatching. You can find out certain birds' feeding habits, the best place s to find certain birds, and lots of other intersting information that will be helpful in your search.
One certain type of bird, the woodpecker, for example, can be found usually in the spring of the year pecking on trees by using its strong beak. A wodpecker finds bugs as well as the sapin the trees. These birds aslo peckout places in dead trees where they build their nests to protect them from bad weather as well as from harm.
In conclusion, your birdwatching experience wil most likely be fun as well as entertaining for you and your family. Just remember to start out dressed prepared and not to trespass. Public parks, especially large state parks, are good places to walk thorugh and watch for birds too. You will be amazed at how many different kinds of birds you will see.