|Walking a birding trail|
There are other forms of birding which I have recently noticed, prompting me to share this post with you.
|Birding in the Ozarks, Arkansas|
Beside walking birding trails by yourself or with your significant other, you can also join a group of birders. I've personally made the most progress in my birding activities by joining a birding group, a local Audubon chapter.
It almost seems that more birds come out when you are with a group. They're curious and some birds just like to be seen by groups of people, hoping to get photographed!
I remember the first time I went out birding in a group...birds I usually don't see in the same area, came out to greet us. Maybe these birds knew some of the folks in the group. It's a fallacy to think that more birders will run off all the birds.
This form of birding (with a group) really helps a birder make fast progress. You don't know what you don't know until you meet other birders, usually more experienced than yourself. And more importantly, you see more birds. More eyes looking out for birds, more experience in bird identification, more ideas on birding.
The third form of birding is birding while camping. (1st form was hitting the trails solo, 2nd, with a group). You may be smiling at this, but I'm suggesting this quite seriously...from first hand experience.
Think of it this way. You find a great birding spot, a hundred miles or more from home. If you're not camping, you'll get there and do some birding. You know you left a lot of birds unseen. You do your birding almost in a hurried fashion because you're limited by time.
Camping. You don't have to camp in a tent if you don't want to.
By camping while birding over a few days and nights, you really comb the area. You'll get to hit multiple trails over the course of your stay. You'll come back to the camp site for a nice meal and rest without having to drive. You may hear owls and nighthawks at night and you can hit the trails at different times of the day. The birds wake you up in the morning, bringing a smile to your face.
As a side benefit, you recharge your emotional and mental batteries while you're in nature for a more extended period of time versus just a few hours of active birding.
You can camp by a lake, in a forest, by the Ocean, in the mountains...you name it, there are nice camping spots.
|Biking and birding|
|Suwanee River at Okefenokee|
Another nice and relaxing form of birding is simply to pack up a picnic or some snacks, set up chairs in a nice birding spot in nature or at the beach, and just enjoy the birds.
I realize I'm leaving out some forms of birding such as going across country for the purpose of birding, or pelagic birding out in the ocean. I haven't done those yet and can't write much about them.
|John S. Smith SP from a canoe|