Preparing for a day of bird watching includes organizing your birding equipment and proper planning.
Normally your birding day is going to start very early, so it is best to prepare the day before. There is no dress code for bird watching, but your clothing should be comfortable, quiet and weather appropriate.
Almost any casual outdoor wear will be fine. You will enjoy birding more if your clothing is quiet. Quiet clothing means no rustling or swooshing sounds. Quiet clothing will make it easier for you hear the wild birds near you. Noisy clothing may even scare off birds and wildlife that are nearby.
Bright or shiny clothing should be avoided, especially white. Your clothing does not need to be camouflaged, but it should be neutral in color. Camouflaged clothing is becoming more popular with birders, but tan, brown, dark green and grey will work just fine.
Weather should always be a consideration when selecting clothes for a day of bird watching. You should be prepared for changes in temperatures and conditions. Dressing in layers is often the best choice. You may want to bring rain gear if rain is in the forecast.
You don't need a lot of birding equipment. You will need a pair of binoculars for birding and a field guide at the very least. You may also want to bring a notebook, pen or pencil and a camera. For personnel comfort you may want to include sunglasses, insect repellent cleaning solution for your binoculars, and a water bottle.
You can use a small backpack or daypack to carry your birding equipment. There also several vests and jackets designed specifically for birders. They typically have multiple pockets to store everything you need.
Organize yourself and create a checklist when preparing for your first outing. If you realize that you forgot something while you are out birding, make yourself a note to remember it the next time. Taking a little time to prepare will allow you to get the most out of you birding adventure.
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