Birding takes patience when you first start. It can be
difficult to get a good enough look at a bird to figure
out what kind of bird your looking at. It takes time but
like any hobby the more time you put into it the better
We have mustered up some advice for the new birder and
we hope you stay with it! Birding can be rewarding when
you figure out how to do it. Birding doesn't take dressing
up in a bird costume to participate. So hang in there.
POINT - Advice
The Right Gear: Itís important to have the right gear when you first
start. Birding is a great way to get out of the house
and into the wild, but like any outdoor sport, you need
to have the right gear to be outside and be comfortable
enough to want to stay outside. Here is a list of gear
that most birders keep with them:
- Birding log and books with waterproof pouch to keep
- Waterproof jacket and pants.
- Bird whistle.
- Comfortable boots or shoes for trail hiking
- Water bottle and snacks
- Binoculars with a case and also a neck strap
- Comfortable pack to carry all your birding gear
- Extra pair of socks
Review The Birds Local To Your Area: You should be familiar with the birds that you could
potentially see on your outing, that way when you see
a particular bird you will already know what species
it is. You can find books on local area birds and then
create a checklist of birds you know you should be able
to find. It's like a scavenger hunt.
of the Birds You Find: When I first started birding I was so frustrated
at finding birds and not having enough time to get a
close enough look to figure out what kind of bird I
was looking at. I started taking pictures on my nature
hikes and then reviewing the pictures with my bird books
when I got home. My bird lists got larger and I was
positive of what kind of bird I had found.
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