How to Start Bird Watching?

Bird watching can provide an exciting start to a new worldview

We often feel like we've seen all there is to see in our towns and cities. And a certain amount of wanderlust is both natural and even admirable. But at the same time, one can often find himself surprised by just how many wonders there are still to see at home. For example, take birdwatching. Those who haven't tried bird watching might find it odd to hear it referred to as a great adventure. But it really is a whole new exciting way to see the world.

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What bird watching has to offer?

Consider just how much of your area you've actually spent time in. Keep in mind that this is very different from asking where you've driven through. How many places have you actually walked through? How many times have you seen the sunrise or sunset, the moon go through its phases, or the weather shift while enjoying everything around you in those places? When most people look at their town like that they'll quickly realize something. They really haven't seen a huge amount of their area after all. And this is how looking for a bird watching area can impact our perception of things.

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We're suddenly given a solid reason to actually see areas we'd normally just blindly driven through. Bird watching isn't just about the birds. It's also about becoming a part of the same environment they're in. We rediscover our place in nature as we observe it. Most people spend far less time out in the world than they should. Everyone's different, but it's a safe rule that 10,000 steps a day is a solid goal for our own health. And yet the average person only gets about 1/3 of that mark. Heading out to really spend time walking in nature and seeing birds is a fantastic way to improve one's overall health. In this way, bird watching is good for both physical and mental health.

How to start?

Before really starting out you'll need to prepare. The first thing to decide on is your bird watching equipment. Your gear will eventually decide on just what you'll be able to accomplish. As such, it's important to give it some serious thought. However, there's no need to stress about it too much at the start. After all, you'll have time to add new items to your birdwatching kit as the need arises.

The first item is a good journal to record your findings and interests. This is where you'll record the birds you find. It's also where you can list any tips or hints that you've picked up along the way. Some people even like to develop and hone their artistic side by sketching the environment within their book.

Of course, the gadgets are among the most entertaining part of the initial preparation. You should first consider the bird watching places you're most interested in. This will help you decide on the best bird watching scopes for the task. It's also important to consider the size and weight restrictions. This is one of the reasons why the monocular style has caught on. It helps to make the hobby that much more portable. And after all, a birdwatcher needs to be as mobile as possible to get into new areas.

Finally, don't forget about protecting your feet and skin. You'll want shoes with good traction that will protect you from moisture. And you should always have a hat with a wide enough brim to protect against the sun.

Learn by doing

Finally, it's important to remember that there's a lot of subjectivity involved with the hobby. There's no right or wrong way to do it. The only way to do it wrong is to never get started at all. The hobby of getting out there to see birds in all their majesty begins with the intent to do so.

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