Birding - Birdwatching

Birding or Birdwatching as a Hobby

This is a hobby that is often overlooked by many, but it can be a wonderful and even quite addictive pastime. It is certainly very relaxing and therapeutic and many hours can be spent wandering through the local park or visiting forest, lakes or the seaside for glimpses of native birds with the hopes of catching sight of a visiting migrant and these rare sightings can be incredibly inspiring.

Of course the beauty with Birding or Birdwatching is that you do not always have to move further than your own back garden to be able to see some wonderful species. For those with a disability or with limited time or transport, it is easy to start attracting the birds to you as opposed to you going searching for them; this often gives the best views as you can remain relatively hidden from the comfort of your own home.

Adding a variety of different feeders to your garden and adding new food regularly will gradually encourage birds to the area. Be patient though, an abundance of visitors to the garden doesn?t happen straight away. Birds are naturally cautious, checking out new food sources for fear of predation, but gradually, a supply of fresh food and water will usually see birds visiting on a regular basis and the variety will be incredible.

Whilst it is easy to be able to see birds with the naked eye, ideally it is worth investing in some binoculars so that visibility of the birds is so much clearer. Even those birds most common to the area can look very different when under close scrutiny.

Early morning is likely to be the best time of the day to start your Birding or Birdwatching as this is when many birds will be on the move searching for food, the quest for keen birdwatchers is to identify as many of the birds seen as possible, so taking a good field guide along is essential.

Involving the whole family in bird watching can add to the fun, although birding is equally good as a solitary pursuit. The main benefits can be that it gets people out into the countryside with minimal effort whilst getting fit from walking. It invokes our hunting instincts as we search for more specific birds, targeting the right environments in the hopes of seeing them but equally the 'prey' is left totally unharmed in the exercise.

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