Gear for Birdwatching
Glorious days are here. I started a serious fetish with tracking down and photographing each of the warblers that are said to visit Wisconsin. I live in Green Bay and our area receives its fair share of the feathered friends.
Oh, and yes; I have a passion for all things wild and nature. Birds, blooms, landscapes – everything! Many of the pics on this site come from my photography adventures just incase I haven’t made this perfectly clear 😉
This year, instead of passing all the birders with binoculars in hand, I have been stopping and chatting with them.
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People bird watch for many reasons. For some it is a passion and they enjoy welcoming the birds back for another season. Others, use birding as an excuse to get out and get some exercise. It doesn’t matter what your reason for birdwatching is…. I am just happy you find some enjoyment in it like I do.
Tools For Birding
1.) A Good Set of Binoculars
Suggested Options on What to Look for When Purchasing a Set of Binoculars:
1.) Instafocus System for fast focus on moving targets is helpful
2.) Waterproof and fogproof are helpful Non-slip rubber grip pads for secure grip in all weather conditions
3.) Don’t get the 10X magnification go for a lower power. More isn’t better in this case according to many. It is to difficult to keep the birds in view.
4.) Instafocus System for fast focus on moving targets is helpful
5.) Get a pair that are slim, lightweight and comfortable.
Four birders said that the Polaris Optics WideViews were the best on the market. Maybe they are. Maybe, they are not. I do not own them, so I can’t speak about the quality. Just thought it was a good mention.I have a cheap pair – but, I carry a big camera lens to see them with my dear….
2.) Playback Device with Bird Sounds
The Nut Bird Call
After talking to one retired gentleman I bought what I call “the nut” it has proven to be useful. The nut is a wireless speaker that can be attached around my wrist or to a zipper pull. I use my iphone to download bird calls and then play them through the speaker. You can hold the device to your ear for call recognition or use it to call the bird in for a closer look. The speaker projects the sound further than iphone speakers. I purchase it here: Mini Wireless Bluetooth Nut Speaker with Sling for iPhone iPad Android and More
Just check the area in which you are in before using it. Some places state you can use calls and some say you can’t.
3.) Messenger Bag
I love messenger bags. Apparently, birders love them too. Great for any gender to carry all of your gear and water bottles.
4.) Field Guide to Birds
Get a good guide for the Eastern or Western U.S. birds it is indispensable to most birders.
Just Get Out There!
As you can see, it really doesn’t take all that much gear for birdwatching. You only really need binoculars and a good bird book to get you started. Everything else is just the icing on the cake. Happy birding to you!
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