Friday, April 11, 2014

Birding 101

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song" Chinese proverb.

Can you use a little help with your birding skills?
Most will admit.  Birding is not the easiest hobby to learn, but the most rewarding.  If you have been birding for years, you come to a point when everything seems to be on autopilot...

...You know where to bird based on the seasons.  What species to look for, and you identify them without even thinking twice.  Bird songs and calls become a second language to you.

You are also familiar with the American Birding Association's code of Birding Ethics.  All birders should know those; not just for the benefit of other birders around you but for the welfare of the birds.

If I have not been describing you, then you can use a little help.  The "Birdwatching for Beginners" is an eBook that contains the answers to many of the birding basics.

Among other topics found in this eBook, you will learn the following:
  • how to select birding equipment including what to look for in a pair of binoculars,
  • what to look for to make bird identification easier,
  • bird ethics,
  • what to wear,
  • and other birding topics such as bird feeders, bird baths, and creating bird habitats in your own backyard.  These last topics may not be covered in great details in this 37-page eBook but the main points to know are there.
The "Birdwatching for Beginners" eBook will be sent to you in a downloadable link when you register for the Birding Basics event we are organizing for our members.
In addition to the eBook, you will receive another downloadable link of "50+ common birds found in Georgia".  This is a file of a little over 50 beautiful pictures of birds we usually encounter in our area.  This is custom made by Jerry Amerson.

The main important part is the birding outing on May 3rd at the Wesleyan College at 8:00 a.m. led by Dr. Jim Ferrari.  Unlike our usual field trip, this outing will be designed to answer birders questions about birding identification or any other birding questions participants may have.

There is a registration fee of $25.00.  You can make your payment to: Ocmulgee Audubon Society and send to OAS P.O. Box 26364, Macon, GA 31221.

For any questions, contact Andre Coquerel at

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