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Bird Watching for Everyone

Updated on April 5, 2017
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Tricia Deed is a freelance writer and enjoys writing about many different things. Here are a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

Birds in Flight

Seagulls in Flight
Seagulls in Flight | Source

Look To The Sky And Watch The Birds

This is a hobby which is very inexpensive and fun. It is a dual hobby in that you can enjoy the outdoors and visit your favorite travel destinations. Where you do your bird watching has much to do with the type of birds you will be seeing.

Carry a pair of binoculars, a note pad, and a pencil or pen to take notes. Bring a pocket camera for photo opportunities.

As a beginner you may want to start in your backyard. In my backyard I have observed the Florida Blue Jay, Owls, Robins, Buzzards, Woodpecker, Humming Birds, Florida Cranes, the Red Tail Hawk and other brown and black birds which I need to learn how to identify.

The Florida Crane is a rather amusing bird. It seemingly squawks to introduce its arrival or departure. Many times while I am gardening they will walk about two feet from me and observe what I am doing. Watching their mating dance is entertaining.

Should you discover that you enjoy this type of hobby it will wake up your curiosity to investigate the name of the bird, its species, colors, migration patterns, and behavior quirks.

Sandhill Cranes Dancing - Mating Dance and Calls

Bird Watching Benefits

Bird watching as a hobby is found to be fascinating by observers of this outdoor activity. Nearly 50 to 75 million people worldwide find this hobby to be enjoyable and inexpensive. This activity opens up a world of recreation, leisure, exercise, socializing, and utilizing other hobbies in combination with this activity. All age groups can enjoy this hobby.

  1. Enjoyment of outdoor weather
  2. Exercise by walking, running, or jogging
  3. Photography opportunities of birds and other interests
  4. Note taking for writing an article or a book
  5. Pursue a career as an ornithologist
  6. Traveling around the world to pursue studying different species of birds

Bird Watching in Action

A group of people learning how to or gaining bird watching tips from the experienced.
A group of people learning how to or gaining bird watching tips from the experienced. | Source

Bird Watching Field Guide

Learn to identify birds by their beak, wings, markings from head to tail, color, and song. Carry a notebook to maintain a personal birdwatching journal along with a birdwatching field guide to help identify birds. Three additional pieces of equipment include a pair of birdwatching binoculars, audio equipment to record bird songs, and a camera.

We all can identify the songs of chickens, owls, crows, and turkeys, just to name a few. The audio equipment is to capture the songs of unfamiliar birds or your favorite song birds.

There are hundreds of field guides to choose from. You may want to visit your local library or the Internet to see which field guide is best for you. These guides are available in book stores, department stores, online, and hobby shops.

Mystery Solving

Somebody's pet is patiently watching to see what this bird will do.
Somebody's pet is patiently watching to see what this bird will do. | Source

Bird Watching Hobby is Mystery Solving

Do you like a good mystery?

Birding offers you the wherewithal to be a detective.

  1. Are you able to identify this bird by its markings?
  2. Can you recognize the song of the individual bird?
  3. Do you know the size and its shape?
  4. How does it fly? What is its flying pattern?
  5. Where does it hide?
  6. Does this bird fly, hop, run, or a combination?
  7. When does the bird sing?
  8. What is its mating ritual?

If you have an inquiring and inquisitive mind you will enjoy birding.

Bird Watching Apparel Tips

  1. Wear clothing which will be both comfortable and functional. There is no need for special attire.
  2. Light weight and non-restrictive clothing is great. Wear new clothing only after being laundered a few times and wear tested for comfort.
  3. You may wish to wear cargo pants with pockets for carrying your notebook and field guide. Belt loops can hold other types of tools which you like to have with you. There are special vests made for bird watchers designed for their needs. Or carry a backpack or a bag.
  4. Shoes should offer support and fit the needs of where you will be walking.

Backyard Feeder

Black bird enjoying the fruit of the day.
Black bird enjoying the fruit of the day. | Source

Bird Species

As a bird enthusiast you may wish to broaden your experiences by visiting other types of habitats other than your current neighborhood. There are approximately 764 species of birds in the United States. Enjoy viewing through your binoculars rare to common species of these animals of flight.

There are thousands of species of birds worldwide. If you pursued this hobby for a lifetime you would never be able to actually see all of these species. New species of birds are constantly happening which offers more distractions or subspecies.

Birds can be drawn into your backyard by placing bird feeders or favorite foods of birds that you would like to attract. Consider millet, peanuts, bird seeds purchased from pet suppliers, corn, and fruit. Research your local library, department of fish and wildlife, local bird sanctuaries, the Audubon Society, state parks, and bird watching clubs in your locale for food suggestions.

Tall Tree Location

A dove minding its nest.
A dove minding its nest. | Source

Birding Locations

  1. Personal home yards
  2. Bird baths and bird houses
  3. Pet stores
  4. Local zoo
  5. Bird Sanctuaries
  6. National parks and wildlife locations
  7. Worldwide vacation locations

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago

      I will wish you luck for photographing the birds of your choice and I wish you success and fun on your two trips.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Birding is one of my hobbies, as well as photography. I have two trips planned next year, one for the Crane Festival in Nebraska, and the other at High Point Island in Northeast Texas. Wish me luck!