No matter where you live, you probably have birds of some kind, where you can go bird watching. There are three things you should have when bird watching, these are a pair of binoculars, a notebook, and a bird guide. Binoculars with a magnification of 10 x 50 are perfect for bird watching. Stronger binoculars are fine if you are into stargazing, but they are horrible for bird watching. A small tablet or notebook can be purchased at most stores and the last thing is the most important item when it comes to bird watching. If you are truly going to watch birds, you should know what type of birds you are looking at. So when you spot a new one, so visit your local bookstore or look in the bird guide.
You would not have to walk very far to spot a bird or two. If you have any grassy, wooded or open areas with trees or bushes, you can usually find birds. One of the best things about bird watching is anyone can do it, even if your in a wheelchair, you can sit and watch birds. It`s a great recreation for anyone that is alone, or for the whole family to do together.
When you go out, remember to take your bird watching items with you, your binoculars, notebook and pencil, and bird guide. When you spot a bird look in your binoculars too see all it`s beauty in close detail, if you do not recognize the species of bird your seeing, get out your bird guide and look it up. When you realize the type of bird you see, write down in your notebook the following information; ` the name of the bird, the area where it was spotted, the date, and time `. The information in your notebook, helps you understand what types of birds frequent your area, it also is neat being able to read back and see when you spotted a new or rare bird.
If you have a yard, tree or even a window you can attract birds by installing a simple feeder. Bird feeders are very inexpensive and they have feeders that can hang on a tree branch, or fence, or even stick to the outside of a window.
Attracting different species of birds often requires different types of birdseed and other food. Hummingbirds are attracted to red, pink and orange flowers, they especially like trumpet vines or other tubular-flowered plants, they are also very attracted to hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water. Robins like mowed lawns, so in the spring and summer if you want to see robins, mow your grass; the birds come looking for bugs and earthworms that are more easily accessible because you cut the grass length.
Cardinals are very neat looking, there is nothing nicer than looking out the window in the winter, and seeing a bright red cardinal sitting on a nearby tree branch or feeder. Cardinals are like Blue Jays, in that they both love a diet of black oil sunflower seeds. If you want to attract sparrows, a bag of plain mixed birdseed will also do.