Let's Go Birding!

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

We are really lucky in California. Our mild climate lets us be active outside all year round.

Many people like to go hiking and explore the natural beauty of our area, but have you ever tried to go birding?

The National Audubon Society is conducting its annual bird count right now, but birding can be done in a more informal way, too.  Look with the naked eye, through binoculars or listen for bird sounds. It is also a great activity for families, who would like to introduce their kids to nature.

Check out these books from the library to learn more:

Look Up!

Bird-watching in your Own Backyard

Cate, Annette

A conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching featuring quirky full-color illustrations. Portrays dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types.

Bird-watcher's Bible

A Complete Treasury--Science, Know-how, Beauty, Lore


A guide to bird watching that covers topics ranging from mythology and birdhouses to the work of Audubon and Angry Birds, combining images with trivia, top ten lists, and bird watching guidelines.

1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know

Tips and Trivia for the Backyard and


Bird real estate
Great adaptations
Common questions
Bird love (it's about quantity, not quality)
Baby birds
Cliff's notes of birding
The hip, birding lifestyle
The bird-watching year

What the Robin Knows

How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World


Shares strategies for expanding one's awareness of bird communication and maintaining a non-threatening presence in natural environments, explaining the sounds and behaviors that reflect various bird warnings, feelings, and messages.

How to Be A Better Birder

Lovitch, Derek


Explains the best practices for bird identification including using the weather, geography, and radar.

~ written by Birgit

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And speaking of birding

Check out a cool documentary "Ghost Bird" - "the strange but true story of a small town in Arkansas overrun by a nation of birders all in search of the Holy Grail with wings -- the ivory-billed woodpecker."


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