Bird Watching Tools

Backyard Birding Equipment

I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence - that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.

Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir


Backyard bird watching is one of the most relaxing and inexpensive hobbies you can pursue along with your family and friends.  It provides you the opportunity to explore the environment and to enjoy being in the moment.  It is both fun and educational because you can learn a great deal about your environment and survival from the various species of birds that are prevalent in your local area.

Equipment Necessary for Backyard Bird Watching

Fortunately, this popular hobby does not require much equipment.  A pair of binoculars, like Aurosports' Folding High Powered Binoculars, are a must if you want to watch the birds behave in their normal manner.  Birds are very sensitive to sound and the presence of humans so you have to maintain a safe distance so that the birds aren’t frightened away.

With today's technology, if you want to keep a record of the birds you see, you can snap it with the camera on your phone. If you really want to take it up a notch, consider investing in a camera with a telephoto lens. Having pictures will also aid you in researching the birds so that you can later look-up the species of the birds you have seen either over the Internet or at your local library. There are also numerous apps that will help you identify.

Most birdwatchers who take their hobby seriously also keep a journal to record the various types of birds they see. It can also be used to take notes on their different behaviors as well. It can be fascinating to go through the pages of your journal every year as you will observe some of the same birds returning to almost the exact same location at the same time of the year. After doing this for a few years, you will find yourself waiting for them and predicting the time of the year that each species of birds returns. If you are more of an electronic person, tracking on an app might be the way for you.  There are several Citizen Science Programs that offer free apps to enter data. We have listed a few on The Yankee Birder.


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