Bird Watching 101: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hobby

New to birding? This comprehensive guide provides everything you need to know to get started spotting and identifying birds in your own backyard and beyond.

Get Started with the Basics of Birding

Learn how to choose binoculars and field guides, decipher bird calls, set up feeders to attract specific species, join a birding club, and keep track of the birds you see. We’ll cover bird-watching basics like understanding migration patterns, behaviors, habitats, and how to ethically observe these beautiful creatures. Whether you want to pursue birding casually or more seriously, this is your go-to reference for developing the skills and knowledge to become an expert birder over time. Bird watching is a rewarding lifelong hobby that anyone can enjoy.

Binoculars for watching birds

A pair of optical devices that magnify distant objects, especially birds, and allow birdwatchers to observe their features and behaviors.

Places for watching birds

Locations that offer a variety of habitats, species, and seasons for birdwatching, such as national parks, wildlife refuges, birding trails, and islands.

Equipments for watching birds

Tools and accessories that enhance the birdwatching experience, such as spotting scopes, cameras, field guides, apps, notebooks, and clothing.

Costume for watching birds

Outfits that blend in with the environment, protect from the elements and avoid disturbing the birds, such as hats, jackets, pants, and shoes.

Society for watching birds

Organizations that promote the study, conservation, and enjoyment of birds, such as the National Audubon Society, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the Birdwatchers Society.

Supplies for watching birds

Items that attract and feed birds, such as bird feeders, bird food, bird houses, bird baths, and bird identification markers