It’s a well-proven fact that being in nature is the best healing therapy. It relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the soul. To enhance the enjoyment of being outdoors, many people adopt birdwatching as their hobby. It makes them feel fresh and provides an escape from the worldly hustles.
Birdwatching – Starting Out
Birdwatching can be a great hobby, especially for seniors who are looking for a fruitful way to pass the time. Birdwatching can be done anywhere – in gardens, backyards, while hiking and any other serene natural places. This hobby can be practiced locally or internationally.
Birdwatchers vs. Birders
Birdwatchers enjoy birdwatching as a casual hobby while birders go to great lengths to study birds. In basic terms, a bird watcher may gaze and enjoy watching birds while taking his daily garden walk while a birder may set aside time to visit a destination to see a specific bird.
Tools Required for Birdwatching
To start enjoying birdwatching, all you have to do is look outside. Birds are everywhere. The number of birds and the variety will depend on where you are. When out for a walk, take the time to notice birds. Slowly and gradually, you will begin to admire the unique body shapes, beaks, wings, migration patterns, and other minor details. As you develop the passion, you’ll feel the need to own the following tools which are necessary for every birdwatcher:
Binoculars: The foremost thing needed is a pair of binoculars with a magnification capability of at least 10x. Make sure that the lenses are comfortable and can rest easily against your eyes or glasses. So next time you’re out shopping, go and grab a pair of binoculars.
Birding Book: There are multiple bird guides on the market. There are bird guides for continents, countries, states, and local areas. Select the book that covers the locality where you will be doing your bird watching.
Notebook: Record your experiences each time you go. A notebook will serve as a gateway to look back and relish the memories. You can also save bird pictures in your book. There are also bird list apps available for your phone. In these apps, you can record date, time, bird species, and location of your viewing.
Outdoor Equipment: You may need some personal things while out on your journey. Carry sunscreen, bug spray, hat with a brim, and any medicines required during your time away from home. Also, carry a water bottle. If you’re planning to go on a more extended outing, then ensure to take some snacks.
Keep the equipment ready and enjoy your birdwatching journeys by making and storing memories.
When living in The Tapestry, seniors don’t have to go far to do some birdwatching because we feature a Birdhouse Park right in the neighborhood. There is outdoor seating amongst a series of birdhouses that attract native and migrating birds for your viewing pleasure. Check out The Tapestry, an age-targeted community in Garner, NC. Call 919-772-4663 for more information.