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BIRD WATCH

September 18, 2007
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MIGRATION UPDATE:
November-December
Migrants such as Myrtle Warblers and Yellow-Shafted Flickers may still be lingering about and might use your feeder. If there is a lot of snow on the ground, sprinkle some seed under the shrubs and clean out your feeders so they are usuable. Clean and full feeders are vital during a snowstorm. Save your used Christmas tree and collect others from neighbors. Piles of these make excellent shelter for birds during the remaining winter months.

GOOD GEAR
There are a couple of items of bird watching equipment that any novice birder should be prepared to buy. First and foremost, you must have a good bird guidebook so you can look up the birds you spot and become familiar with them. Second, you want some binoculars to look at birds that are far away. You might also want to get a bird watching telescope for even farther views. A journal to log the birds you have spotted is also helpful.
You want a good set of bird watching binoculars. Choose a good quality pair with an 8X or 10X magnification. You also need to think about the size of the “objective lens.” The larger the objective lens, the more light it will transmit. A 42mm diameter objective lens is good for bird watching, so look for binoculars that are 8X42 or 10×42.
In the great outdoors, be sure to wear the right clothes for the terrain as well as the weather. Don’t forget that you will need to bring a lot of bird watching equipment, so carry a backpack or vest with lots of pockets.
More avid bird watchers might want to check out a bird watching telescope or spotting scope. These are great for long distance bird watching and give you a brighter image when the light is low. The telescope can be used when the birds are too far to see clearly with binoculars.

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