Welcome back to our Blogging Through the Alphabet journey through our birding adventures.
One of the most important things to have when you're going birding, or even when you're just watching birds through your window that visit your bird feeders, is a good bird identification book. We have a few, obviously. Most of these were thrift store finds.
If you're a novice to birding, you may find a book like this helpful. Make it indigenous to your area, of course.
Two beneficial resources for attracting birds to your yard are, bird feeders and bird baths.
You can choose a seed feeder, like the one above, or a platform type, as seen below. There is a wide variety of bird seed to choose from, as well. I tend to keep it simple, and stick with sunflower seed. You might even choose to put out a suet bar feeder; sometimes we do that, too.
I am thankful that this bird bath was already here at the house when we came here. My teenage son tries to remember to scrub it out periodically.
Peterson is a good field guide. You'll want one specified for your region.
Not only are there various field guides from which to choose, but there are apps available for your smart phones or tablets. Check out this list of birding apps, on Birds & Blooms
Some great online resources for birding, bird watching, and bird identification are:
Birds & Blooms
Audubon Guide to North American Birds
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds
I think one of my favorite resources is this guide to birding. It's full of information, from tips on how to identify birds, how to attract birds to your yard, illustrations of eggs and nests, and so forth.
An important, useful tool for bird watching is, of course, a good pair of binoculars. Check out the Audubon Guide to Binoculars
. My mom bought this pair of binoculars for my son at an estate sale a couple years ago.
When we moved here to Florida, I was excited to find birding trails scattered throughout the state! Perhaps you would want to research to see if you have any in your state or region.
I'll admit, we don't get out on the birding trails nearly as much as I'd like to. Perhaps this will be the year we do that more often.
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Birding trails sound really neat! We have been so excited that the warmer temperatures here have been allowing us to see more birds in the yard the last few weeks.ReplyDelete
We LOVE bird watching, we have four feeders outside our big picture window. We get lots of different birds but last week our highlight was when we saw two bald eagles flying together overhead while out shopping.ReplyDelete
What a fun hobby! We don't bird watch much, but we set up a hummingbird feeder and had fun watching them come so close to the house.ReplyDelete
We like informal bird watching out our window. Maybe a bird bath would be a good addition to our yard. How often does it need to be cleaned out? Not sure how "periodically" I could commit to cleaning up after more living things. ;)ReplyDelete
Great round up of resources. I need to start checking the used book places to see if I can find my daughter some bird guides. We have a couple of small ones but need some that are a bit more substantial. I am also going to look into some of the apps. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Such a great topic! My family loved birding when the kids were younger. We had the Peterson's guide, but I had not seen the other resources you describe. Thank you! Maybe we can pick it back up again. :)ReplyDelete