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How To Become a Better Birdwatcher

Updated on November 10, 2012
Northern Cardinal - Male
Northern Cardinal - Male | Source

Birdwatching is a hobby enjoyed by many. It is easy to do in your own back yard. And, you do not need to buy any expensive equipment to get started. Here are some tips to help you become a better birdwatcher.

The first thing you should do to become a better birdwatcher is to get a field guide and study about the birds that are native to your area. You may be able to find a cheap guide at a used book store or possibly at a garage sale. Check out your local library and see if they have used books sales. You might get lucky and find one there.

Next you need to improve your field skills. Birds are frightened by sudden movement. They have incredible eye sight and hearing. Be sure you move slowly and deliberately when there are birds near your watching location. Do not converse in a loud voice with your companions, but instead speak quietly and only when needed.

There are certain noises that will attract birds. These noises are sounds that are found in nature. Listen to the sounds coming from your environment and try to copy them. Be sure to keep from making any sudden loud noises, however. If the birds' curiosity is peaked by your calls, they may get other birds to gather and help them identify what is making the noise.

Always keep a record of the birds you see. This birdwatching journal should include information such as location, date, and temperature. Record what species of birds you see and how many of them are present. You might even include a drawing, if you have the skills.

Practice good ethical birdwatching and encourage others around you to do the same. Do not endanger the birds or other wildlife in the area. Do not harm the environment, either. And, always respect the rights of others. Do not trespass on property owned by someone else without permission.

Do not frighten the birds while they are breeding or afterwards when eggs are present. If you scare them, the parent birds may abandon the nest with the young birds present. This will set their breeding cycle back and entire year.

Check in your area for a birdwatching club. You may be surprised to find there are several to choose from. You can also check the internet for this information.

No matter where you live, there will be birds present. It may be more difficult to find them in urban settings, but your local park will surely have a few birds living there. Hopefully these tips will help you develop your skills as a birdwatcher.


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    Myfanwy 6 years ago from Tennessee, USA

    Thank you, Apostle Jack. :)

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    Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

    I am a bird watcher.Great hub.