Bird Watching Gear, Birding Tips and Resources
We thought it would be helpful to create a bird watching
gear, tips and resource page so you can easily find
birding gear recommendations, bird feeding tips, bird
identification aids, bird conservation organizations and
more all in one place.
Kind of like a quick-start guide
for beginner birdwatchers. We will be adding to this page
in the future as we discover new birding tips and further
resources, so we recommend bookmarking it for your
reference and convenience. Enjoy!
Best Birding Spotting Scopes - Here are some of the top-rated
bird watching spotting scopes. You don't have to spend a
fortune for a decent birding scope. We have listed the
best in each price range, from super-budget to
Best Field Guides - I always carry a field guide with me and
these are some of the best I've used.
Best Birding Apps - I have found some of the new
birding apps to be a nice addition to my traditional
field guides for both visual and song ID.
Identification - If you recently seen a bird you
can't ID, use our Bird ID page to submit you photos (if
any) and description of your mystery bird and we'll try
to ID it for you.
Cornell Bird Guide - I love Cornell's site for
learning about bird species. For each bird they give ID
info along with several color photos, range, life
history information and more.
Feeders - List and description of different types
of feeders for attracting different types of birds.
Top-rated feeder of each kind.
Seed Preferences - Includes bird seed chart of
different types of seed and which birds prefer them.
Attract the birds you want with the right kind of seed.
Bird Feeder - Many go to war with squirrels over
stealing seed from their feeders. Here is a comparison
chart and review of the best squirrel-proof bird
Feeders - Tips for keeping feeders clean to
prevent the spread of bird diseases from feeders.
Bird House Plans - Easy, basic bird house plan
made from wood. Also links for bluebird, robin, wren,
kestrel next box plans.
Bath Heater - De-icers to place in your existing
bird baths to keep water from freezing on cold winter
Bird Bath - Built-in heater keeps water from
freezing. Energy-saving thermostat only turns on when
Bird Conservation Organizations
Lab of Ornithology - Organization committed to
scientific study and public education of birds for
people of all ages.
- Their mission is to conserve and restore natural
ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their
American Bird Conservancy - Conservation of birds and habitat throughout the Americas by halting extinctions, protecting habitats, eliminating threats and building capacity.
Participate in Bird Studies
Project FeederWatch - Gather data for population
studies by recording the birds you see in your backyard
during the winter. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of
Christmas Bird Count - Participate in Audubon's
annual count between mid-December and early January.
There are many locations to choose from in your local
area. All volunteers welcome, from novice to experienced