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Whether you have taken a sudden interest in the bird that lands upon your windowsill each morning or you visit the zoo regularly to cultivate your love of birds, you should try keeping a Birder's Journal.
Get yourself a field guide to birds so that you can learn about the many, many different types. Once you feel equipped to tell different birds apart, get a birder's journal where you can record bird activity. Keep track of things like the time of day you see particular birds. Notice if they are more apt to appear in certain types of weather. Do they travel alone or with a partner? Keep a running record of their behaviors. Try to sketch them on the page.
A bird journal provides you with the opportunity to learn more about nature and thereby develop a deeper relationship with the creatures that inhabit this Earth.
Copyright © 2004 Natasha Reilly.