bird-watching Archive

Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide by Paul Sterry & Brian E. Small is a vibrant, detailed guide to hundreds of birds found in the eastern half of North America. The introduction is well-written, easy to understand and concise. It walks you step-by-step how to use this book most effectively. The book is laid out in a way that is simple to follow, intuitive and useful for all levels of bird enthusiasts from beginner to experienced. I read it from cover to cover and found interesting new birds to put on my must-see list and found the process enjoyable! Many bird guides are not well laid out and you find yourself flipping back and forth to find information about the same bird, this is not one of those guides! Each [&hellip

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by: Rick Chapo Avid bird watching enthusiasts often look like pack mules hiking to a gold rush in the west. Bird watching binoculars are one of the critical pieces of equipment they carry. Binoculars There are a lot of issues when it comes to choosing binoculars for bird watching. Optics and personal preference seem to be the foremost, but here is a list of issues you should consider. Bashability Bashability isn’t really a word in the English language, but it certainly applies to bird watching. The bashability of binoculars refers to how tough they are. For instance, if you drop them on the driveway while loading the car, will they hold up? What if you drop them off a small cliff? I, err…”a friend” once [&hellip

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by: Jackie Gee What is it that lures grown men (and women) into the undergrowth to get cold, wet and muddy just to gaze at our feathered friends? Many people are discovering birdwatching and finding it to be an immensely rewarding pastime. In this article Jackie Gee explores why birding is such a pleasurable activity for more and more people. My first experience of deliberate birdwatching took place in Richmond Great Park. The time; 1966, the occasion; one of the first dates with my (now) husband. There I was, all dressed up and ready to knock him out with my drop dead gorgeousness (memory plays strange tricks as you get older!) and there he was, luring me into the undergrowth of the park, hissing to [&hellip

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by: Laura Gray Bird watching has become the fastest growing recreational activity in the U.S. It’s no secret that about fifty million Americans enjoy bird watching every year, and why not? Birds are beautiful creatures and there are so many different kinds of birds, that you’ll never lack a different view. You also get a magnificent chance to commune with nature. It’s also relaxing and can turn into a wonderful past time that takes you into your own back yard. You can sit at your kitchen table and view the birds that inhabit your backyard, while sipping a cup of coffee. You can also build your very own bird habitat, which can lead to years of learning and recreation. There are bird watching trails and [&hellip

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by: John Marcus Bird watching is a fantastic hobby suitable for individuals of all ages. In addition to enjoying the great outdoors and gaining an appreciation for nature, bird watching is a hobby that can be shared with friends and family. Many bird watchers find themselves healthier due to their time outside scanning the skies for that ultra-rare bird. If you are interested in beginning bird watching as a hobby, consider the following tips to get your started and on the right track. 1.) Get a book. Most bird watchers are not experts on our fine feathered friends from the start. Instead of thinking, a bird is a bird is a bird, think again! Birds are a fabulous species that are as diverse as any [&hellip

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by: Rick Chapo Bird Watching is a great way to escape the rat race and be one with nature. Alas, your bird watching experiences can fade with time. The best way to prevent this is to keep a bird watching journal for your sightings and trips. Bird Watching Journals Take a minute to give some consideration to your most recent bird watching experience. What sticks out in your mind? Now think about the first time you ever went bird watching. Undoubtedly, you remember few things about the geography, people you went with, every bird sighted and so on. The experiences you’ve forgotten are lost to time. If you had kept a bird watching journal, this wouldn’t be the case. There are famous instances of people [&hellip

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by: Rick Chapo No bird watcher is complete without his or her bird watching journals. When you go bird watching, you need to keep your life list. The Life List If you are or become an avid bird watching enthusiast, you’re going to need to keep records. The reason for this is you want to keep a running list of the various bird species you’ve seen. Since there are a zillion species, the list can become quite long. Frankly, it becomes a life long project that is very enjoyable. Trust me, you’ll start planning vacations and trips around it. A business trip will soon evolve into a chance to see new species. Part and parcel to your bird watching life list is your journal. Some [&hellip

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by: Allen Shaw Birds, birds, birds. They come in all shapes and sizes. They range in type from carnivores to herbivores. Birds have been the stars of their own movies. Birds have taught children the importance of personality over looks. Some are even the leaders of nations. Is it any wonder that bird watching is one of the world’s most practiced hobbies. People from all walks of life enjoy bird watching. Anyone can do it. All it requires is patience, a pair of binoculars and most importantly, a bird feeder. And there are many types. Depending what birds you want to attract will determine what kind of feeder to get. Hummingbird feeders are the most popular and come in two styles; inverted and basin style. [&hellip

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by: John Caldwell Among the countless hobbies people engage in, bird watching has become one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Such is the popularity of this hobby that a plethora of resources have been made available in all sorts of forms. Books, videos, software, and even websites have been released and set up especially for bird watching enthusiasts.One of the best resources on bird watching you can find on the Internet today is Birdhouses 101. This website realizes the need for accurate and comprehensive information about birds and bird watching. Focusing on North American birds, Birdhouses 101 offers a veritable treasure trove of information for the bird watching enthusiast – from the novices to the experienced. At Birdhouses 101, you will [&hellip

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by: Rick Chapo Bird watching is one of the fastest growing popular hobbies. One of the reasons is it so easy to do since you can sit in your backyard and watch birds such as the hummingbird.Bird Watching Sightings – The Hummingbird When you think of people going bird watching, one tends to get visions of a person standing out in a canyon somewhere. They have a vest, binoculars, writing journal, and so on. While this is certainly a possibility, you don’t have to venture far to become an avid bird watcher. In fact, there is an entire segment of this hobby known as backyard bird watching. You simply sit in the backyard, relax and start paying attention. One of the birds you may well [&hellip

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