Bird Watching

Helpful Birding Tips

To find local bird viewing areaa in your state visit the Cornell All About Birds page.
There are also several good identification field guides to help you. Check out National Geographic, Peterson's East & West, and Birds of North America.

A fun aspect of feeding birds is learning what wild birds are visiting your backyard habitat. Identifying wild birds can be rewarding and exciting for you and your kids.
Wild birds are grouped by physical characteristics. Most of the wild birds coming to backyard feeders are songbirds, or perching birds, which have similar characteristics. By studying their size, body shape, colors, markings, beak shape, feet, and wing shape in flight, you can identify your friendly visitors. See our Shapes & Markings section to help you.

Birds have a variety of calls. Good listeners can learn to tell the difference between "chickadee" and "cheerily - cheerio - cheeriup" calls of the Black-capped Chickadee and the American Robin. Check out our Sounds area to hear these incredible calls for yourself.

Boy and his father watching birds Bird behaviors can also help with identification. Flight pattern, feeding behavior, physical displays (mating, territorial), and social interaction give you an idea of which wild bird you're watching.

Shapes & Markings
Bird Behavior