Simply sitting and watching birds is a popular hobby around the world. It's fun and relaxing at the same time.
Many people quite enjoy just watching the birds in their garden, yard, trees and bushes from their front window. And it's even better to actually go out into the wild and watch the birds in their own natural habitats.
"Natural Habitat" of course usually means going into the woods, or to remote areas. So before going on a bird watching outing, be sure you've prepared a little. First and foremost, be sure you're wearing the appropriate clothes for both the location you'll be visiting, and the climate that area is currently experiencing.
If you live in a warm desert area for instance, and you plan to go up a mountain for a day of bird watching, you'll want to first find out if there's any snow on the mountain, or whether it's cold during the daylight hours.
You'll of course also want to be sure you have some food or snacks, and plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
Binoculars are almost a requirement for bird watching too. They allow you to get a close up view of any birds, nests, and chicks. Many bird lovers also enjoy having pen or pencil, and a notepad on hand so they can take notes about the birds they've seen, or sketch them as they're watching.
And of course if you like pictures... you'll want to bring along a camera :)
Last but not least, it would be helpful to have some sort of bird identification system or reference available. Whether you can take it with you into the woods, or you have it hanging at home, these are always quite useful over the long term.
? 2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard. This article is brought to you by The Bird House Shop Section of The Garden Source Network. Attract Wild Birds to your Garden this Spring with Bird Houses, Bird Feeders, & Bird Baths!
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