Birdwatching for Beginners ebook
No one knows the sights and sounds of nature quite
like a bird watcher. By taking a half-second look at a small
darting assemblage of black, yellow, and white feathers and
adding a musical note that sounds something like "chirp, a
birder can tell you, not only the general species of that bird,
but he or she can narrow it down to the exact bird.
To distinguish among the 900+ species of birds found
in the U.S., birders must quickly process a great deal of
information on color patterns, call notes, and even the
shapes of bills. They have to know what to key in on when
they see a strange bird, noting its overall shape, how it
moves through a bush or tree, and the shape of its wings.
Such sensory work-outs help to develop great visual and
hearing acuity among birders. In fact, birders are generally
much more observant than the average person.
To the beginning bird watcher, this might seem like an
unbelievable task that they might never be able to achieve.
Trying to identify even common species can be extremely
frustrating, and many people give up before they ever
Finding birds and identifying them can happen in an
instance. A small black bird flashes up to the top of a bush.
You grab your binoculars and start flipping through your
field guide. You take another look at the bird, flip back a
page or two... suddenly the bird is gone, but there is a
different one lower in the bush. All that page riffling and
binocular lifting begins anew.
Birding can make you more familiar with the natural
beauty of the world and perhaps will lead you to appreciate
how quickly that beauty is being lost. Birding can coax you
into new country and enables you to take in all the fresh air
and impressive scenery that you can hold. Most important,
though, is the fact that birding is simply too much fun to be
The type of information presented here is second
nature to an experienced birder, but it can take many
months of hard toil for the beginning bird watcher to grasp
these concepts and techniques. Even with the information
spelled out here, you still have to supply a good bit of
patience and sweat to become one of the truly tuned-in
We have tried to strip away some of the mystique of
Bird watching and expose the bare essentials, but practice
and patience are just as important to Bird watching as they
are to sports, music, and other recreational activities. You
can't expect to record 150 different species on your first
outing (though this will be possible later on) or to identify all
those confusing birds. You'll have to work at it.
This book is intended to help you get beyond the
frustrating early stage. It's a crash course in the basics of
bird watching or birding. Hopefully, with the guidance of
this book, you'll be well on your way to greater enjoyment of
the world around you since birding focuses on some of the
most spectacular creatures on earth.
Birds are highly visual creatures - just like people - and
some species wear breathtaking combinations of yellows,
blues, reds, blacks, and greens to making them more
obvious to the naked eye. They also come in a wide variety
of shapes and forms, which adds considerably to the
pleasures of Bird watching.
You just might find that bird watching isnt only fun, its
a learning experience as well! Birding gets you outdoors,
gives you exercise, makes you think, and hones your
observational skills. Read on and join us as we look at bird
watching for beginners!
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