Observe your favorite backyard birds with our bird watching tips for beginners.
If you’re a beginner at bird watching, you might not know where to start. What equipment will you need? Where are the best bird watching spots? How do you get birds to come to your backyard? Being a backyard birder can take some patience, but it’s well worth it when you can enjoy the natural beauty of wild birds. With some beginner bird watching tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll be ready to observe and enjoy your feathered friends.
Basic Bird Watching Equipment
Binoculars – If you’re going to be looking any further than directly out your window, you’ll want a good pair of binoculars. You’ll be able to clearly see the beautiful birds without getting too close and spooking them. While you may find some inexpensive binoculars, it’s worth investing in a pair that give you the best image you can afford. For a complete guide on picking the best pair of binoculars, visit our “Binoculars for Bird Watching” article.
Guidebook – Having a guide book on hand can help you identify the birds you’re watching, and give you tips on what will attract specific birds. Some birds are easily identifiable, such as cardinals and blue jays. On the other hand, there are some species you might not be familiar with. There are tons of guidebooks available. You can even find ones that are specific to your region.
Bird Feeders – Feeding your backyard birds is the easiest way to keep them coming back. Use a variety of bird feeders and bird seed to attract different birds. Nyjer seed in a nyjer feeder works well for attracting finches, chickadees and nuthatches. There are also specialty feeders for orioles and hummingbirds. Many birds, especially in the winter, love black oil sunflower seed. It has a high fat and protein content, perfect for keeping them warm in the cold weather. Suet cakes are another great option.
Bird Watching Tips
Be patient – When you start bird watching, you have to be patient. Birds are wild animals, and they won’t just waltz up to your backyard. If one type of bird seed doesn’t work, try something else. Give the birds time to come to you, instead of chasing them down.
Do you research – Before you start backyard birding, you need to do your research. Know which birds are in your area, during which part of the year. This way, you’ll have an idea of what birds to look for, and what kind of feeders and seed you’ll need to keep them coming to your yard.
Find other birders in your area – Finding other bird enthusiasts in your area is a great way to learn about bird watching. Fellow birders can share their knowledge and experiences with you.
Keep a bird watching record – If you want to do more than simply watch the birds in your backyard, you can keep a record book. Record the birds you see in your yard so you know which species are actually in your area. You can even take the record book with you on vacation or if you visit other locations for bird watching.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that you treasure your feathered friends. That’s why we carry everything you need for backyard bird watching. From specialty bird feeders to a variety of bird seed to bird baths, we’re your wild bird care experts. For more tips on attracting birds to your backyard, visit our wild bird care blog.