Bird Watching With Kids: Tips on Getting Started
Bird watching is a great hobby to get your kids into. When we moved to our first house after living in an apartment, one of the things we loved the most was the fact we had a backyard.
We loved that every morning birds would come by and soon it became a habit to try identifying the different types of birds that visited us.
So How Can You Start Bird Watching?
One of the great thing about bird watching is that you can start in your backyard. Many colorful birds live nearby that you can find every day.
Invite Birds to Come to your Backyard
- Create a bird-friendly environment to attract birds. You can start by placing a Wild Bird Feeder.Providing food is a great way to attract birds. Research birds in your area to find out the best type of foods to offer.
- Provide some shelter. Birdhouses are a great way to provide shelter. Most birds will look for shelter during spring and summer.
- Provide water. You can choose between a bird waterer or a bird fountain. It is important to change the water weekly!
Invest in a Pair of Binoculars
Binoculars come at all shapes and prices. You certainly don’t need to spend a fortune in the beginning. I rlove this pair of binoculars. They provide an excellent picture for the price. Binoculars help you see the birds up close.
Invest in a Good Bird Book
Books are essential to help you identify birds. There are several illustrated field guides that can help your kids become familiar with different birds and their names. The first field guide we bought was the Sibley’s Birding Basics: How to Identify Birds, Using the Clues in Feathers, Habitats, Behaviors, and Sounds.
It is a great beginner’s book, and it really helped my boys start their education as birders. There are many other books by Sibley that are worth checking out, especially the regional books. We also have Sibley Birds West: Field Guide to Birds of Western North America because we live on the West Coast. If you live on the East Coast you might want to purchase The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America: Second Edition.
Regardless of the book you choose, make bird watching safe and fun for your children by organizing trips to local parks. Bird watching is a fantastic way to teach your children to respect and appreciate nature as well as a great way to bond and create memories.