One of the best ways to start birding is to join a bird walk; the experienced birders will help you learn.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds: Building Skills: The 4 Keys to Bird Identification" is helpful for approaches to beginning birding.
Also try "Finding Your Wings-A Workbook for Beginning Bird Watchers," by Burton Guttman, or Sibley's "Birding Basics."
Bird Identification Resources
Stop by our gift shop to peruse through our birding books and guides; these are all recommended by our birding experts. We carry books by Sibley, Peterson, Kaufman, and National Geographic. We also have a laminated pocket guide to San Diego County birds.
Bird Lists, Checklists, & BVAS Monthly Bird Count Lists
Want to learn more? Join a birding discussion group!
San Diego Field Ornithologists is a non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of birding through educational programs, publication of information, and the encouragement of record keeping.
San Diego Region Birding is the official Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and birding discussion group for the San Diego region run by San Diego Field Ornithologists.
Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring
Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049
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