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How to Identify Birds

By George Clark


Learning how to identify birds is not only a great hobby, it helps to bring you closer to nature.

Do you know how to identify birds? Maybe you're thinking, who cares? Well, believe it or not, a lot of us do. In fact, bird watching is still a rather popular hobby. However, it can take a little time and research if you plan to sort through the many airborne creatures that inhabit this world. Regardless, this can be a fun and exciting past-time if you give it a shot. Wouldn't it be cool if you were able to impress all your friends by knowing each and every bird you spotted? The great part is, you don't really need much to get started. A decent pair of binoculars and a bird book should do the trick quite nicely.

Haven't you ever been out with your family and caught sight of an odd bird? You were probably wishing that you knew how to identify birds. I ran into this dilemma many times as a child. Growing up in the country certainly has its high points, but it's much more exciting if you understand the nature around you. For instance, my father schooled me on how to identify birds. At first I thought; Na, I don't think that's a hobby for me. However, as I grew and experienced camping and fishing much more, I eventually wanted to know how to identify birds and plants. While identifying birds is a fun past-time, identifying plants can keep you out of some nasty predicaments. I found that out soon after my first bout with poison ivy. That excruciating rash can and will drive a sane person, mad.

After spending a summer on the Mississippi River with my father and brothers, I was really acquiring a niche for how to identify birds. My favorite one to spot was a Blue Heron.

You too can learn how to identify birds in hardly any time at all. There is a wide spectrum of books available on how to identify birds. Open your Google search engine and you'll soon see what I mean. The key to great bird watching once you've learned the names and characteristics is a great pair of binoculars.

While you'll probably settle for a decent pair of binoculars initially, you may want to upgrade as you progress. That ideal pair of bird watching binoculars can make a world of difference, and fortunately can be found these days for a reasonable price.

© 2007 George Clark


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