Today, we will discuss getting started into the world of bird watching. You may have noticed in most areas of the country there are many different types of birds.
There are many different types of birds. Some birds are very large such as the ostrich and the emu. These are the two of the largest birds.
But unless you happen to live in Africa or Australia you are not likely to run into either of these when you go out looking for birds.
If you live in North America most likely you will be looking for the smaller birds, such as the cardinals, blue jays, robins, warblers, crows, sparrows, and so on. Depending on where you live you may see many different types of birds.
If you happen to live in an area that is in a direct migration path for many types of birds you may be fortunate enough to see many different types of birds at during the migration seasons. The migration season can be a very good time to look for birds.
But if you are just getting started, you may want to first learn to identify the birds that are native to your area. There are a couple of different ways you can do this one would be the hard way. The hard way would be to start from scratch. Looking for and keeping track of the different birds you see in your area for a period of time. (At least several years)
Other ways you can find out what types of birds are native to you area is to ask someone, visit the library, check the internet, or even visit your local agriculture agency.
There are easier ways to discover which birds are native to your area than starting from scratch. Not all of us have the ability or the time that John Audubon had when he was living. Not that his life was easy, but for most of us in today’s world it would not be possible for us to make a record of all the birds we saw just through drawings, paintings and notes.
Today most people who desire to begin bird watching will want to have a good digital camera, a pair of binoculars, some sturdy comfortable shoes, and clothing fit for the weather.
It is also a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back, just for safety sake.
Looking for birds can be fun and exciting. But you do need to take precautions if you plan to watch for birds in places other than just your own back yard.
If you plan to watch for birds in your own back yard you can set up some bird feeders, and set out some bird seed to attract birds. If you manage to hang the bird feeder near one of your windows you may be able to watch any birds that come to the feeders at a closer viewing distance than if you have to rely on binoculars.
Either way that you go about watching birds you will need to be patient and be still. Because any birds you may see will be frightened away by any sudden movements.
What I would like to do is help you to be prepared as you get ready to go out looking for birds.
What I will discuss is what you may want to bring along with you when you go on your first bird watch.
I hope that you will find this series helpful and informative as you get ready to go out and identify the birds in your neighborhoods.