Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard

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     Have you ever gone bird watching? If you think you need to travel to distant places to see interesting birds, you are not quite right.

     Have you ever gone bird watching? If you think you need to travel to distant places to see interesting birds, you are not quite right. Many birds fly through your backyard every day. Your chances to see exotic birds are higher in spring or autumn because this is the time when a lot of birds migrate. I was fascinated to find out that in Morgan County where I live I can observe more than 300 species of birds. Most likely in our area you will see finches, pigeons, sparrows, red robins, blue jays, and woodpeckers. 

    Patience and attention to details are important things in bird watching. It is like playing hide-and-seek with your feathery friends. Birds easily blend into their environment and are often hard to find. Scan branches of trees and bushes carefully for hiding birds. You might be surprised discovering an unusual visitor in your yard.

     In order to take a closer look, you can put up a bird feeder in your backyard and fill it with seeds.  If you are interested in what kinds of birds you see, take a look in a bird guide to find out. Binoculars are a great tool to use if you want to look at birds that are farther away. Some people want to remember their first encounter with a bird that they have never seen before. If you are one of those people, you can take pictures of the bird with a camera. It will also help you to identify the bird later. If you have pets that like to hunt or chase things, you should keep them inside when birds come to eat or sit in one of your trees for a rest.

    Bird watching in in your own backyard can be as fun as going to new places and discovering new things. You can keep records of the different kinds of birds you see and find out who are your most common visitors. Birds can become your friends. You will love seeing them every morning and listening to their happy chirping. For me, bird watching is one of my favorite things to do when I go outside.