How to Get Started as a Birder

Are you getting tired of doing the same thing every day? Do you need something to switch up your routine? You should get a new hobby!

Sure, you could pick up a sport or get into stamp collecting, but if you want something more relaxing that still allows you to get outdoors, birdwatching may be for you!

Birdwatching allows you to discover different birds’ beautiful appearance and songs while admiring their behaviors. It’s fun, easy, and allows you to explore nature at your own pace! 

Get Started as a Birder
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Here’s how to get started as a birder.

Get the Correct Gear

Before you get started, you’ll need the proper equipment to find and view birds. A field guide for birds and binoculars will allow you to do just that. 

Additionally, you’ll need some camouflage. Bright colors and bold patterns can scare birds away, so it’s best to wear something that helps you blend into the foliage. Try wearing neutrals and toned-down greens.

If you’ve brought kids along on your outing, encourage them to try to draw the birds they see. This will keep them quiet, busy, and engaged in the activity. You can even try to draw the birds yourself if you’re feeling artistic!

Find the Birds

The first step on your journey to becoming a birder is to find where the birds congregate. Researching the preferred landscape for a specific bird will help you find that bird, but you can also just choose an area outside with little traffic. You’re bound to find some birds there!

If you’d rather watch from indoors, you can attract birds to your yard by researching what they eat. Hanging bird feeders will bring in a lot of birds (and some squirrels). Hang birdhouses in your yard and you might be lucky enough to discover a family of birds has moved in!

You can learn how to do this by researching on websites like birdwatchingbuzz dot com.

Be Respectful

It’s easy to trespass while birdwatching, so be aware of property lines and stick to public property unless you have the property owner’s permission. Be careful, quiet, and aware of your surroundings so as not to disturb other people or animals in the area.

If you come across a bird’s nest, avoid touching it. As fascinating as it may be to see a bird’s craftsmanship or some colorful eggs, let nature take its course and leave them alone. Snap a quick photo or make a mental note of the area so you can check out the chicks once they hatch.

Have Fun Being a Birder!

Being a birder is a fun hobby that allows you to experience nature at its most serene. It’s an activity you can do by yourself or with a group of people. Following these three simple tips will get you started on your bird watching journey!

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