Birdwatching Can Be A Fun Hobby
Bird Watching For Beginners
Bird Watching can be a fun and enjoyable hobby once you learn the basics of bird watching and what you need to make bird watching a fun and exciting hobby.
If you live where you can put up bird nests, bird feeders, and bird baths then you can draw some very beautiful birds into your yard and enjoy watching them.
Also remember to put up Hummingbird Feeders. Be sure to put a bird feeder near one of your windows so you can have fun watching the birds feeding just outside the window at the bird feeder. If you want to attract certain birds you will need to do research to see what kind of nests and food your particular bird needs. Be sure that you keep Hummingbird Feeders clean and filled with fresh nectar especially in the summer months.
My first suggestion is to buy a really good full color field guide to birds so you can identify the birds you see easily. You will want a good pair of binoculars to watch your feathered friends with. Be sure to get yourself a good pair of binoculars to start with. Try them out where ever you buy them and make sure you can see easily through them. At the same time familiarize yourself with how the binoculars work. With a field guide and a pair of binoculars you can easily identify almost any bird you see.
Keep A Bird Watching Journal
Be sure to keep a journal so you can make notes about the birds you see. Make your notes as detailed as you can. If you have a good digital camera with zoom lenses you can take photos of the birds you see and add the bird photos to your journal. Be sure to write down what you see a particular bird feeding on and make notes about what type of bird it is and what time of day you saw it. Make your notes in the bird watching journal as detailed as possible.
Listen For The Sounds The Birds Make
Before long you will be able to identify what bird sings a particular song. I love to listen to the sounds of Doves and Hoot Owls. You can purchase an inexpensive CD with the sounds of various birds on it so you can quickly learn what sounds a particular bird makes. You can also purchase a digital recorder and record the sounds of the birds you hear.
I have had bluebirds nesting in my back yard for a number of years now and I always look forward to seeing the bluebirds come back year after year. One year I planted a row of sunflowers in my garden and I let the birds have the sunflower seeds once they matured and it was amazing to watch the many different ways the birds would get the sunflower seeds. Ever since then I have always planted a row of sunflowers for the birds and I have spent many hours enjoying watching the birds eat the sunflower seeds.
Give A Bird A Bath
I have two bird baths in my garden and the birds almost stand in line to take a bath. Its really fun to see one bird enjoying the bird bath while another bird tried to hurry up the bird taking its bath. Having a bird bath or two in your yard will provide you with great bird watching opportunities. Try to keep the water fresh and ice free during the winter months so the birds can enjoy it.
Digital Camera With Good Zoom Lens
If you have a good digital camera with a good zoom lens you can take some great bird photos. Try to photograph your birds doing something to make your photos stand out. I quite often take photos of the birds feeding at my one bird feeder just outside the living room window and I have got some great photos this way.
Is There A Bird Watching Club In Your Area?
You may want to join a bird watching club in your area at some point and if there is not a bird watching club in your area why not start one. You may also want to get your children or grandchildren interested in bird watching. You really can make bird watching a family event.
I hope you enjoyed reading my Hub Page on Bird Watching and I hope you will post your comments and questions below in the comment section.
© 2011 Thomas Byers
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