Bird watching, or birding, is a term used by people when they are observing birds or studying them. Bird watching is an activity that can be participated in for professional purposes or as a recreational hobby or social activity to do with friends and family or on your own.
Bird Watching Is Not Just For Scientists
Ornithologists are the scientists that study birds. Their science is known as ornithology. They may use the same techniques and routines as amateur bird watchers, but in a much more detailed fashion. Amateur bird watchers often know a great deal about the birds that inhabit our planet, but they are not scientists. They enjoy seeing and hearing these amazing creatures, but leave the ornithologist to do their scientific studies.
Spring and fall are often the best times of year to bird watch in many parts of the world because this is when the migration for many species of birds are taking place and the largest amount can be observed. In the northern hemisphere, these birds fly to the north to nest in spring and then to the south in fall to spend the winter, in most cases.
Many bird observers agree that the early morning hours are the best times to watch the birds as during this period the birds are typically vigorously rummaging for nourishment. It is because of the bird's active searching that enable them to be watched and studied as subjects easier.
A person may also benefit from having specialized information as regards to the bird's look, song or tune, manner and their most likely habitat to be successful during their quest to find birds for bird watching. Having much patience, being quiet and very stealth are good attributes to possess, in order to see the largest variety of birds and be able to get close to the birds.
Where To Bird Watch
Bird watching is a relaxing and peaceful endeavor. One can observes birds from a window in your home or on your back patio. However, bird watching can also be very strenuous and require much distance to be covered to find the rarely seen species that the enthusiast bird watchers often want to see. Seawatching, a kind of bird watching, is having observers stationed at a seaside area, for example a point or cape, and watch birds flying over the water. Often bird watchers participate in bird counts, such as the Eagle Count in Brackendale, British Columbia. They do this to get a census of the bird population and their relevant migratory patterns that are unique to each bird species.
Bird watchers often keep a journal for a record of the birds that they see. This hobby has many bird watchers that take part in national or international bird watching clubs. These clubs and organizations help to create a more rewarding and delightful hobby for these bird watchers by providing them with useful advice. Often bird watchers will get together with others in their area to learn from one another about the different birds in their location. During the migration periods, the participants of these different groups are usually aware of the birds that will be passing through their area.