Birdwatching is a growing sport. To start birding, begin with birds near
home. A good way to start would be to acquire a bird feeder and a guide
book. Many cities and regions have bird checklists that can be used as a
record of the species you have seen and also to narrow your search in
your field guide. Once you've mastered your garden or backyard birds,
you might want to purchase a pair of binoculars. As a general rule,
spend as much as you feel you can afford on binoculars. Regarding
binoculars there are various powers of magnification, such as 8x40 or
7x35. The first number is the magnification and the second is the width
in millimeters of the light gathering lens. The wider lenses gather more
light at dawn or dusk. Generally your first binocular should be between
7x35 & 8x50. Birdwatching can be a very thrilling experience. To
gain the most from your birdwatching try joining a club or taking a
nature course. Enjoy!
A great website called
contains information and maps for all 10,000 birds and 22,000
subspecies of birds in the world, plus several extinct and ancient
fossil species. The site also offers searching tools for internet sites
and images, as well as links to other
birding sites. Bird checklists for over 500 countries and regions.
Bird Guide Reviews Reference
has brought together some sites to get you up to
speed on the types of birds that live alongside
us and some great places to visit.
Japanese virtual and eco-nature birdwatching site.
a Bluebird box
Companions - featuring a huge bird link
Jantzi Social Index