The Treehugging Outdoorsman


Identifying Birds
April 25, 2007, 10:37 pm
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If you’re a newbie in birdwatching, the first questions in your mind will also be “what was that?” or “what kind of bird is that?” That’s normal actually. If for example you are watching in your backyard or a nearby park, let the bird come to you. Do not go chasing them around as this will only disturb them and you will not get your chance to observe and study them enough to identify them. Most people look and identify birds first with their color and size. There may be a blue bird, a little brown bird or perhaps a red bird. Some may goes on saying that they spotted hawks but what kind of hawk? Coopers? Red-tailed hawk or a merlin?

This is where the guide books come in. Every birders must have a bird guide book in their side always for identification purposes especially if you’re unsure of what you’re seeing. Guide books will tell you some unique identifying marks to look for in a bird. Don’t forget to bring a highlighter to highlight the birds you see and when you saw them cos it might be useful for you or others someday. With over 800 species of birds in Northern America, that’s a lot to cover for an individual birder.

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