I like walking. It does not matter where I am or who I am, as long as I am out and about somewhere. One of the things I love about it is being out in nature and being silent or just the sound of some birds. Yes, it seems that wherever you walk, you will almost always see or hear birds. Unlike large mammals, which are more difficult to see, birds are omnivorous. Here are some simple tips to help hikers learn how to become better bird watchers and get out of their time in nature.
First of all, it is important to remain silent and listen (unless you are in an area that is heavily used by bears). Birds are always talking and listening. This means that they can hear if there are people around who can calm them down many times. To keep them from being silent, try to be silent yourself and listen to the environment around you. You may be surprised how many different types and numbers of birds you can hear at a particular place. Once you hear where the sound of the birds is coming from, the trick is trying to see the bird.
Then try to walk or walk slowly. If you walk or hike at high speed, you will not see as many birds as you slow down. The best way to see and hear a lot of birds is to walk slowly and pay attention to the sounds and movements along the route. If you are trying to get a good workout and move fast, try varying your speed. For example, try to go very fast for 15 minutes, then slow down and walk for 5 or 10 minutes, then fast again for 15 minutes, and so on.
If you want to walk fast, another option for you, which is better than walking alone, is to sit still. This is actually a great idea for someone at what pace they are moving. Choose a good location away from the path and just sit or stand for a few minutes. It can be on a rock, a block of wood or under a tree. By sitting still and keeping your eyes and ears open, you give yourself a chance to see or hear all the birds in the area. Birds can get used to your presence and become active again.
Luckily, you can actually choose any place to see birds, as birds live in all habitats everywhere. You can see birds near water, in forests, open grasslands or in high places in the mountains. With this in mind, the best places to see the most birds are two different habitats, such as the edge of a forest next to a pasture. Another excellent place to see many birds is near the water, such as a stream, river, lake, or wetland.
Even while walking or sitting, you should always watch for movement. You can often see a flash of movement in the corner of your eye. This movement may change as the leaves fly in the air, or it may change as a bird living from one bush to another. If you stop and look at the place, you can see the bird moving again. It can be difficult to spot a bird still standing on a bush or tree. But once that bird moves, you can easily see it and by following its movement you can see where it is.
Birds are generally more active at certain times of the day, making them easier to spot as they fly or move a lot. Luckily for hikers, the best time of day to see birds is also a good time for a walk. The best time to see birds is in the morning or evening when most birds are most active. I like to walk in the morning or evening when it is not too hot and you can also get the added bonus of watching the sunset.
If you follow these simple tips, the next time you go for a walk, you can see a lot of birds. The next step is to learn how to identify the birds you see.