|Aside from being too far away from you, other problems that you might encounter—especially if you
are a first time bird watcher—is the dim light shaded by trees, the glint of sunlight that can affect your sight, and the hidden places where birds go to play. So, when you are into bird watching, it is always best to have a general knowledge on bird's attitudes and observe them carefully. You might not name them properly the first time but you definitely can the next time if you pay proper attention in observing them.
The following are just of the helpful tips that can help you in your very first bird watching session:
Always keep on eye on one bird. Bird watching is more effective if one uses a binocular. When
you are bird watching, try to spot only one bird that catches your attention. Once you have seen
one, never take your eyes off it because it might fly to a place where you cannot see it.
In most bird watching centers, beginners are given a field guide in a form of a booklet or
brochure so they can identify the bird once they have seen one. Once you know what is it, take
time to observe its physical details as well as its behaviors and mannerisms. Make sure that you
observe the bird's movements, markings, feeding habits, songs, color, and size so you can easily
identify it the next time you see it.
- Make sure that you listen intently for the bird's calls and song. Although listening for a
bird's song is easy, it doesn’t stay long in a person's memory. What you should do is to listen
intently when the bird calls or sings and play the bird's song in your mind repetitively.
Listening to a bird's call and song is important because it can help you identify the bird even
without seeing it.
- Take time to estimate the bird's shape and general size. The average shape and size of the bird
will give you a huge clue in finding out the family it came from. In bird watching, make sure
that you assess its overall appearance and take note of its approximate size and shape. Once you
can tell from the size and shape of the bird what kind is it, then you are doing good.
- Pay attention to the bill characteristics and facial markings of the bird in sight. This is one
of the hardest things to do because the average of almost all birds are small. They also keep on
moving so it will be hard to take note any unique markings on their faces. It is also equally
hard to take note of characteristics of its bills because most birds keep on pecking all the
To get these details, spot a bird that doesn’t fly around that much. Once you find one, start
observing it's head by looking for any distinguishing hue patches or color strips. These can be
present in their eye lines, crowns, napes, and arcs or in the rings.