The Science of Bird Watching | Its All About Birds
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So, speak to any birder about the science of bird watching, and they will go on for hours about how it keeps them calm, more relaxed and centered. There is nothing quite like watching these amazing creatures to help you feel more at ease again.
Birding Benefits on Health?
And now it is official – birds are good for your mental health. According to researchers in Britain, people living in an area with more birds, shrubs, and trees in it have lower incidences of stress, anxiety and depression.
Perfect way of birding?
So, how can you start to enjoy the benefits yourself? The other great thing about bird-watching is that it is a great equalizer – there is no right or wrong way. You can get started with no equipment at all – though, at some stage, you will want to get yourself a pair of binoculars.
But even that can wait. If you like, you can start looking at ways to start to encourage birds to come into your back garden and go from there. You can start simply by installing a bird feeder and possibly a bird bath.
Keep these stocked, and your backyard will quickly become home to a large number of birds. Keep a few bird feeders in different locations and stock them with different types of seeds for optimal results.
Keep it up, and your home will fast become the place to be seen for a wide range of bird species - during all the seasons of the year.
You get to watch them all in the comfort of your own home. Not sure what kind of birds they are? Remember the fantastic little appellation – L.B.J. (Short for little brown job.) There are many birds that will fall into this category.
However, as you get more interested in the topic, you will doubtless want to know more about your visitors. That is where a great guidebook for birding or a birding app can come in very handy.
You will look at things like the size and shape of the bird. What color it is, what kind of beak it has, and what its overall shape is. It won’t be long before you can start identifying birds quite quickly.
And, for those other times, a decent photo is usually all you will need to be able to find out what kind of bird it is. You could run the photo through a birding app or use a Google image search.
You can then decide how much effort you would like to put into learning more about them. Perhaps you are happy with just knowing what they are. Perhaps you would like a bit more information about them.It doesn’t matter – choose what suits you best
Conclusion - The Science of Bird Watching
Birding is a sport that can be followed by amateurs and professional “players” equally well. There is no huge competition here – although being the first in the group to spot a rare bird is quite a coup.
All that matters is that you have fun - and it’s great stress relief at the same time. It’s a win-win.