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 from Cornell LoO: Currently offering a free course "Be a Better Birder" to help you learn bird identification through expert tips and interactive quizzes.
Also try "Finding Your Wings-A Workbook for Beginning Bird Watchers," by Burton Guttman, or Sibley's "Birding Basics."
HomeAdvisor's Beginner's Guide to Bird Watching contains much information for all ages and is a great resource.
Guide to Bird-Watching from your Window contains lots of helpful info, from choosing binoculars to when & where to bird-watch.
Every now and then we receive a recommendation for a bird watching website. Thank you Jake (and Jessica), for thinking of us and sharing this website for young birders, specifically for birding at home: https://www.improvenet.com/a/the-young-birder-backyard-guide
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
San Diego County Avian Records 2002-2020 (latest update to February 2021)
Paul Lehman, Guy McCaskie, and Philip Unitt.
The report includes avian records and other information from late 2002- February 2021, and earlier records of interest not found in, or data-corrected from, Unitt (2004) & Unitt (1984; The Birds of San Diego County).
Want to learn more? Join a birding discussion group!
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