Monday, April 6, 2015

5 Tips for Beginning Bird Watchers

I just had another Birthday which means I am another year older.  (I said this with a sigh)  With my growing age or newly found freedom of single life I have discovered a new hobby. I find myself more and more picking out birds, looking for them, studying them and photographing them.  I am becoming a bird watcher.  My girl friend and I joke because for whatever reason this is something I've always considered for older people (no offense to any one young) who does enjoy birds.  It is just an activity I've always associated with my grandparents.  They've always LOVED birds.

That brings us back to me. A girl who has no clue about birds for the most part. They are pretty, I like feeding them in birdfeeders oh and when I spot a cool one I grab my camera.  From there I've gone to thinking  it would be nice to know what exactly I just snagged a picture of . I thought some of you might be on this journey with me and so I put together tips I've found useful. If you are a newbie like me I hope that these 5 tips give you a place to start.  If you are laughing because you know your stuff well feel free to leave us some friendly advice. We'd love to hear your tips!

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Anastasia State Park, St.Augustine Florida

Bird Watching Tips

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  1. Get a Guide : Reading about birds is a great way to learn more about them.  It gives you a pretty good idea of what you are looking at at least.  I prefer a guide with photos.  Personally , I am focusing on birds here in Florida as that is where I hang out the most. 

2.  Get a pair of Binoculars.  I really can not tell you a thing about a good pair of binoculars.  I'm fairly lucky as I told you my family has always been interested in birds.  There are plenty of binoculars laying around here.  They come in handy when you spy a bird you'd like to get a closer look at flying from tree to tree or soaring in the sky. (you can always try the zoom on your camera too if you need a better look and have no binoculars )

3.  Join a Club or Start one if there is not one in your area.  Talking about what you've discovered is really fun.  Plus when someone shares their discoveries it gives you a great idea as where you can look.

4. Plan a birding trip.  I had no idea until recently that Florida has the Great Florida Birding Trail.  How Cool is that!   Check out this post I wrote sharing 5 stops for bird watching.  These were all so fun to visit and great ideas for you if you are local and want to start somewhere close by.

5.  Bring them to you:  Set out a bird feeder and they will come.  Studying the birds in your own backyard is a great way to get started and learn more about the birds in your area.   Keep your field guide handy to you may be surprised at who you find at your feeder.

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