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Bird Watching with Your Family

Bird Watching with Your Family

Identifying the birds in your area is not only fun–itís a great way to spend some quality family time outdoors, connecting with and appreciating nature and each other. If youíre curious about bird watching and how to get started, check out these great tips, ideas, and resources.

* After you have exhausted the easily-spotted birds in your neighborhood you can invest in binoculars, but a good pair of eyes is all you need at first for backyard birding. However, you will need a field guide to the birds in your area. Many people swear by the Petersonís Field Guides, available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

* Even the littlest children really enjoy pointing out the birds theyíve seen (and some may get quite competitive to see who can spot the most different kinds!), so you might want to keep a small journal and pencil handy to write down descriptions. Then, after youíve consulted your field guide, you can write the name of the bird.

* On rainy days, you can play fun games to help each other correctly identify birds from photos. You can also try drawing the birds you have identified.

Check out these great Web sites about birding:

A Care2 page devoted to bird watching with many Web site suggestions.

Having trouble identifying a bird? Check out this great online visual key.

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8:54PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

A delightful and fabulous way to spend the day, or if watching night birds a great way to spend the evening. Owls are fascinating.

12:14AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

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2:58AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Thanks.

9:52PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

What a great article and what wonderful advice for parents! I never paid attention to birds until I got married. My husband was raised by parents who loved nature and who instilled that love in their children. As a newlywed, I was amazed that when we woke up in the morning, my husband could identify birds by their call. He'd describe the bird to me without seeing it, and when I looked out the window, he'd always be right. We encouraged that interest in our children and provided them with books that helped them to identify the birds in our area. We would also take books with us when we traveled and made a game of identifying birds they were not familiar with. It gives me great joy when I hear my grandchildren correctly identify birds. It's a great pastime --and it's free!

10:27AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

THIS IS A BEUTIFULL HOBY,ITS A POSITIVE WAY TO SPEND YOUR TIME,YOU LEARN TO BE PATIENS,AND YOU SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY

2:41AM PST on Jan 22, 2010

IMPORTANT INFO.

2:41AM PST on Jan 22, 2010

IMPORTANT INFO.

10:45AM PDT on Jun 19, 2009

thankyou...
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