Birdwatching Enjoyment, Pleasure, and Knowledge Guide

Imagine yourself lying in your bed. The morning sun is just peeking through your window. Along with the sun, you hear the melodious song of birds chirping their “good mornings” to each other — and to you! Have you ever wondered what those birds looked like? Why they are close enough for you to hear? What interesting characteristics they have about them?

Bird watching is a sport that has been around for years. In fact, today, bird watching is the second fastest growing hobby in America, bested only by gardening. A whole new language has emerged along with it. Those in the know also refer to bird watching simply as “birding” and the people who do it as “birders”. People of all ages enjoy seeking out the birds of their region, watching them in their natural habitat, and enjoying the songs they have to offer.

Birds can be fascinating creatures with much to offer those who care to study their lives. Much can be learned from where they roost, how they fly, and what they sing. We can even go so far as to say that watching birds can reveal things about nature and the beauty that exists in nature.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction 3
Why Watch Birds? 6
What Equipment Do You Need? 8
Binoculars 8
Practice Using Your Binoculars 12
Field Guides 13
Field Guide Organization 15
Notebook 18
Camera 18
Anything Else? 19
Emily Post on Bird Watching
(Bird Watching Etiquette) 19
Where To Find Birds 23
What Kind of Bird is That?
(Bird Identification Tips) 25
Clues To Identification 26
Shape and Size 27
Plumage 28
Behavior 29
Habitat 30
Voice 31
Bird Watching With Your Ears 34
Backyard Birding 37
Bird Feeders 38
Bird Baths 41
Bird Houses 43
Landscaping for Birds 46
Conclusion 51