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    Bird Identification Tips

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Bird spotting and bird watching is a very important hobby for quite a lot of people. Being good at bird identification can make you feel closer to nature and it is also an educational hobby. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Bird spotting is something that can be taken up by anyone with any level of experience. Bird identification is often easier for the more common birds that will visit your back garden and it is possible to ascertain a bird’s ID by their colour, their size, their nesting and habitat preferences as well as other things such as behaviour and calls.

    Bird Spotting Advice

    • Taking up bird spotting can be very simple and one of the best ways to start learning bird identification is to put plenty of bird feeders into your garden. Putting bird food out will attract birds to your garden and give you an extended opportunity to study their appearance and behaviour.
    • Good optics cannot be overestimated. You don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds on binoculars to get started, a good quality cheaper set will serve you well to begin with when bird spotting. Taking pictures with a good quality digital camera will help you later with your bird identification.
    • There are lots of books and websites that can help you with bird id. You don’t have to buy a book to begin with and your local library will have several different books for bird spotting in your area. It may sound obvious but make sure that you buy a book that has colour photographs. Using a book that was written for your area will be a big help with bird identification.
    • Keeping a journal is very handy when it comes to bird spotting. Make notes of everything that may help you with future bird identification. This can include appearance, behaviours and maybe even describe the sounds they make. If you possess drawing ability it is worth sketching what you see as best as possible.
    • Once you have started to get proficient in bird identification, you can start to note down which birds you have seen and where. Eventually you will be able to move further from your garden and spot some of the less common birds in your local area or further afield.
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