Guide to Birdwatching

Birdwatching is a relaxing, fun and exciting hobby. It involves spending lots of time outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and virtually intact nature. The quest for birds will lead you to some of the most scenic environments where you can truly get your mind off everyday worries and stresses. But since birds can be very elusive, it is worth remember the following few rules:

Rule #1: Know Where to Look for Particular Species

You will probably be able to admire lots of bird species in your backyard or local park but the rare species may be very difficult to find. For that reason you are highly recommended to make a prior research and get in contact with other birdwatchers who have seen the species recently.

Rule #2: Know When to Go Birdwatching

To be able to find particular species, you don’t only need to be at the right place. You need to be at the right place at the right time. The best time of the year to watch birds is spring and autumn when migratory species are on the move, while the best time of the day is early in the morning and late afternoon when birds are most active.

Rule #3: Be a Stocker

If you want to get near a bird, you must remain unnoticed. Your clothing should therefore blend with the environment as much as possible (avoid brightly coloured clothing). Also, keep quiet and move slowly.

Rule #4: Stop at a Reasonable Distance

Birds don’t like to be approached by humans and as soon as they will feel that you are getting nearer, they will fly or run away. You are therefore recommended to avoid the temptation to get just a little bit closer and admire the beauty of the bird by using binoculars instead.

Rule #5: Listen to Bird Calls and Songs

It is often easier to hear than to spot birds. Every species has distinct calls/songs which can be of great help if you are looking for an elusive species. You are therefore recommended to consider buying a CD and DVD of bird calls and songs.

Rule #6: Stay Focused on the Bird

When you see a bird, don’t look for your binoculars. Keep your eyes on the bird and take the binoculars with your hands on blind. Why? Because birds are extremely fast and you may lose the sight of it if you look down for your binoculars.

Rule #7: Respect the Nature

Leave the nature the way you have found it. While leaving, walk as quietly and unobtrusively as possible in order to avoid upsetting the birds and other wildlife species.