What Beginning Birders Should Know

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A hobby (or obsession?) that used to be called “bird watching” is an activity enjoyed by more than 50 million Americans alone. But, “Birding” is now a worldwide sport. And, for good reason: It’s cheap – and FUN! A pair of binoculars, a camera and some good walking shoes is all you really need to get started. But, just in case, here are some tips to get you rolling on what can be a very interesting pastime…
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Birding Equipment

A pair of decent binoculars (usually just over $100) is really all you need. A backpack with some water and trail mix is nice. And, some waterproof hiking shoes for the tough spots. But, leave the birdseed behind…
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Birding Field Guides

There are literally hundreds of bird guides which have been published over the last century. It’s best to have one from your local area. But, if you’re traveling, zero in on your destination. Pigeons don’t look anything like Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. Even in Rome…
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Don’t Go Birding Alone

Unless, that’s your thing. Part of the pleasure of birding is sharing the view and discovery with someone you like – or even love. You know. Like Love Birds?…
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Know Your Birding Facts

Nobody likes a blowhard. Especially the ones who obviously don’t know what they’re talking about. “Birders” are a serious lot. They’ll spot posers in a minute. And avoid them for a lifetime…
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Be A Patient Birder

Sometimes the best way to get somewhere is to stay still. In birding, even the shyest birds have to get out there to feed, mate and nest. Learn their territories, then find a nice, quiet spot. And wait…
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Birds Are Predictable

Most birds will return to their birth nests every year. Hey, if was good enough for mom and dad… Be ready, especially if the species is one of your “Nemesis Birds.” You know, the ones that always somehow get away…
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Don’t Be A Birding Liar

Never pretend you’ve seen a bird you haven’t. Particularly the rarest or shyest species. Other birders just know when you’re lying. And, oh yeah, give up the hunt for a Bachman’s Warbler. They’re officially extinct…
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Never Birder Trespass

Respect private property. Sure, sometimes your “Nemesis Bird” will get away. But, is it worth being shot at?
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Bring A Birding Camera

It doesn’t have to be of high quality. It’s mostly just to prove you actually found your quarry. And, the best thing? The bird doesn’t have to be stuffed and mounted. Leave Nature as you found it…
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