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Birding Tips For Better Wild Bird Watching

Jul 19, 2008
Have More Fun Bird Watching!

Watching birds is fun because birds are fun and it enables you to get outdoors, out of town and see wild birds that you would not see in your yard. Just seeing birds doing what they do everyday is an exiting hobby for anyone who likes to see birds at the bird feeders and bird houses in their yard.

Birding is now a very popular hobby and more birders are joining in every year. Due to increases in available time for other activities many of use now have the time to go birding. Many also realize that being interested in the natural world will provide a better appreciation for the environment and the habitat in which birds live.

All new birders need to understand some basic principles before they venture out on their first birding adventures so that they have some success in finding birds and are not disappointed. A bird feeder in the yard is always a good starting point, but to see more and different birds you have to travel further to find different habitat.

Be There At Dawn!

The best time to see the biggest number of birds is very early in the morning when the birds will be extremely active and easier to see. This applies wherever you happen to be when you are bird watching including in the back yard, at a park, in the woods or at some coastal location.

The night before your birding trip make sure you get to bed early too so that you are fully rested for the early start the following day. If possible get to your location just before dawn or very soon after. Then for a few hours you will see many birds. Later in the morning as the sun gets higher bird activity and the number of birds you will see will decrease.

Do Not Wear Clothes With Bright Colors!

One of the worst things you can do when birding is to wear bright colored clothing as by doing this you let the birds see you a lot easier and your movements will make them take cover before you even get near and you will not see them.

Wear clothes that have subtle and darker tones that is similar in color to the habitat and foliage where you will be doing you bird watching.

Being camouflaged in the foliage or habitat where the birds are located will mean that you are less easy to detect and therefore pose less of a threat to the birds. Even combat type gear might be appropriate if you are very serious about finding the best birds.

Always Be As Quiet As Possible

While you are bird watching always move slowly and above all quietly. If you are with a friend and continuously talking you will never see many birds as the noise you make will scare them off and the fact that you are talking will drown out any noise the birds might make so you will never hear them either.

Always communicate with others very quietly and whisper if necessary and when closer to the birds use hand signals to indication the location of the birds, but do not raise you arm to point out the birds as they will easily see this and be off!

To ensure that the birds do not see your silhouette you should locate yourself behind something big such as a bush or tree trunk because if they detect movement the birds will probably leave the area.

Always Make Sure You Stay On the Trail

Never chase the birds or try other techniques aimed at flushing out a bird from the undergrowth as this will just stress them and they will fly off anyway so you will not get a chance to see them. Stick to the trail at all times to avoid disturbing the birds and you will get much better views.

The best approach is to get yourself into a good position and let the birds come to you. This requires more patience but it is an approach that definitely works and you will see many more birds this way.

Do not approach birds too closely especially during the spring and summer breading season and definitely do not go near their nests.

Binoculars Or A Scope Are Essential

Being able to see birds from a distance is an essential part of birding and you should some good binoculars to start off with and as you get more serious you could then invest in a spotting scope to get even closer views of the birds.

Being out in nature and watching the birds is a good recipe for enjoying yourself. Although it can be challenging it is easy and inexpensive to take up and is always a lot of fun.

Becoming a birder is easy to do and just by placing a nesting bird house and bird feeders in your back yard you will be able to get enjoyment from watching the birds.

Enjoy Bird Watching!

Go birding and watch more birds.
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Learn the basics and to watch birds in your yard you consider both cheap bird feeders and a discount bird house as an inexpensive way to get started.
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