My Top Five Birding Resources
From time to time, I like to give you updates on what I’m using as my go to birding resources. I see that I did one of these a long time ago and needs updated.Things change and I like to pass along anything new I’ve found.
Keep in mind that I’m not a hardcore birder. My main focus is on enjoying the birds you have around your home wherever that is.
Here’s The New List
Without any further ado, here they are.
- For quick bird identification I recommend the All About Birds site by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Huge database and easy navigation.
- If you prefer a mobile app, I cannot recommend the Merlin Bird ID app highly enough! It’s done by the Cornell Lab and is constantly being updated and improved. It’s available for iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Here are two reviews of the app. One by BirdGuides done in 2017 and another by Brome Bird News done in 2016. The Merlin review on the BBN video starts around 46 seconds.
- At home, I still use the Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. It was the first field guide I ever owned and still use it.
- For checking to see what’s going on in my back yard I still have an old pair of Bushnell Custom Compact 7 x 26 binoculars. My dad gave these to me almost 30 years ago. The only pair I could find with similar specs from Bushnell are the Compact Binocular 7 x 26 but you may have other uses and qualifications for them. You can browse Amazon’s Birding Binoculars page to find something that fits your needs. Especially if you have a Prime Membership.
- For keeping me up on what’s going on with birds and birding I like the Brome Bird News video podcast. Initially, it was started as a blog for the Brome Bird Care line of squirrel-proof bird feeders but has really come into its own as a birding resource.
Give Me Your Thoughts
As I mentioned at the start, this was not intended to be an exhaustive list of birding resources. For a larger list of these please check out the Cool Sites list in the bottom right hand sidebar of the home page.
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Enjoy your birds!