Birding Tips

Birding is a fun and easy way to spend time with family and friends, get outside, and learn about nature. But to ensure your birding adventure is a success, follow these simple tips. And, remember, you do not need to go anywhere far to have a great birding experience. A local park or nature center is a great place for both

beginners and expert birders.

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Time of Year

Winters in Nebraska can actually be a great time to go bird watching. Most trees do not have leaves making it easier to see the birds and often the wind is calmer (especially in the morning) making it easier to hear the birds. But, that said, anytime of year is great to go bird watching. In the spring, there are lots of migrating birds passing through Nebraska. Plus, in the spring months, birds are establishing their territories and building nests.  In the summer, birds are active looking for food and caring for young. And, in the fall, birds are again migrating and feeding to put on weight for the winter months. Any time of year is a great time to go birding!

Time of Day

Often birds are most active first thing in the day. But, really, you can find birds any time of day.

Location

Anywhere you have good habitat - food, water, shelter and space - you will find birds. That said, bird feeders are always a great place to look for birds. Make sure your feeders are well established (have been in the same location for several weeks) and are continually stocked with food.

Everything or Nothing 

What do you need to go birding? Your eyes and a little patience is all you need. But, for a better experience, try bringing along a pair of binoculars and a bird identification guide. You might also want to bring a journal or notebook to record what birds you see on your adventure. And, a camera is always a good idea to record your experience. If you are headed out on a new trail, you should also bring a trail map. And, with any outdoor activity, be sure to dress for the weather, bring plenty of water and a snack if you will be out for a long time.