Lots of people enjoy bird watching (or “birding” as it is often called). If you have not yet experienced this satisfying hobby, we recommend that you give it a try. Obviously we’re biased (or we wouldn’t have a birding website!) but those who do try birding are often amazed at the way they feel contented and satisfied merely by spending some time observing and identifying birds.
Planning A Bird Watching Trip
When you’re planning a bird watching trip, there are two ways that you can approach it. You can either organize your own trip or you can invite and hook up with other people.
If you want to go with other people, you can search the internet for the local Countryside Rangers, or other conservation groups in your area. They organize lots of walks and trips, many of which are free, around local places of interests and nature preserves. They are a little bit restrictive on your trips because they have already decided where you are going to go and what you’re going to look for. But the advantage is that you get to go with an expert guide and you’re going to find lots of birds and other wildlife because they know the area well.
If you’re going out on your own, you should do some research, make surveys, and seek information on the best places you can go to do your birding. You can look at survey maps for nature reserves, and you can also find interesting places and woodlands that may be good for birds in a particular season. A survey map will also tell you about proper accesses and where the paths are, and it is very important that you stick to those.
When you’re thinking about what to take with you and what to wear, you should make sure that you are always prepared to be out longer than you think you are going to be. Also be fully prepared for if the weather turns out to be colder or hotter than the forecast. Just in case you get lost or you find an interesting place you want to stay and watch, be sure to take extra drinks and food with you.
Finally, always make sure that you tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to be back. Then if by chance you get lost out there, they’ll know what to do, where to find you, and when to sound the alarm.
A Few Tips To Get The Most From Your Trip
To find a lot of birds in the wild, it’s important that you know how to move and interact with your surroundings. There are many different tips on how you can observe birds in different habitats.
Probably the most important rule while bird watching is to move quietly and slowly and tune in to your surroundings. If you’re walking along while looking at the ground and making a lot of noise, then you’re not going to see many birds.
If you wish to see and observe these beautiful creatures, you’ll need to move slowly, quietly, and look around you all the time. You’ll also need to concentrate and use your ears. Do this and you’re bound to find more birds.
Of course, you need to bring with you some good binoculars or a small telescope too. It will be very difficult for you to view, identify, and appreciate the birds with just your bare eyes.
So that’s it! Enjoy your bird watching trip!