Bird watching isn’t just about looking at birds.
It gives you a time to connect with nature, unplug from the stresses of everyday life, and relax. But before you go birdwatching for the first time, there are a few things you need to know.
We’ve put together these tips to help make your first bird watching experience a memorable one.
So let’s get started!
1. Pick the Right Spot
The first step to bird watching is getting out of the house and picking the right spot.
But don’t spend too much time thinking about where to go. You’ll be able to see a variety of birds just from your front yard. It might be helpful to visit a park or a beach or even go on a safari, though, especially if you live in a busy city.
2. Buy Some Basic Equipment
You don’t technically need any equipment to start bird watching. However, buying a pair of binoculars can make the experience a lot easier and more enjoyable. You can easily find a good pair of binoculars without breaking the bank.
Other than that, it’s also a good idea to bring along a notebook and a few pencils or pens. This will give you a way to record what types of birds you see.
As you get more experienced, you may want to upgrade your equipment. As a beginner, though, a pair of binoculars, some paper, and a pencil should be all you need.
3. Record What You See
Every time you spot a new bird, take some time to record what you see.
Describe what the bird looks like, such as the colours, the size, and other details. If you can draw, take a quick sketch. You can even take a picture of the bird if you have a camera.
You should also write down the answers to a few basic questions, including things like:
- Where did you see it?
- What was it doing?
- What was it eating?
- Was it alone?
- What did it sound like?
Taking these notes will help you identify the bird so you can learn more about its characteristics.
4. Find a Good Guidebook or App
Once you spot a bird, you’ll need to be able to look it up and identify it. You can do this with a guidebook, or you may be able to find a downloadable bird watching app for your phone.
There are many different options to choose from, so pick one that suits your needs.
5. Go With Someone Who Has Experience
If you haven’t gone bird watching before, it’s a good idea to go with a friend who already has some bird watching experience. They will be able to give you some tricks of the trade, and you’ll learn a lot faster.
Going with a friend can also make bird watching more enjoyable.
How to Go Bird Watching for the First Time
You don’t need any special equipment or location to start birdwatching. All you need to do is step outside and look to the sky. But if you want to make your first bird watching experience more exciting, grab a notebook and a pair of binoculars.
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