It's autumn again. Like every year, thousands of migratory birds travel south, which is why the coming weeks are perfect for seeing rare migratory birds in transit. With this simple guide you will be ready to spot birds in your own environment in no time.
1. Search for the birds' favorite resting places© Shutterstuck
Migratory birds like to rest in places where there is a lot of food and where they have a good overview, so that they can keep an eye on predators. Areas along a coast, lake or forest edge often meet those requirements.
Ask the bird work group in your area for tips for the best observation sites in your area. Such a working group can possibly help you with a list of species that you can spot.
2. Purchase good binoculars© Shutterstock
A good pair of binoculars is important, because otherwise it is difficult to determine to which species a bird belongs - and that is precisely the idea of bird watching.
3. Keep an eye on it again© Mike Hollingshead / Getty Images
As a bird watcher you have to keep track of the weather forecast. If the wind blows to the south, a lot of birds will leave because they can save a lot of energy.
But an even better time to see birds is during a thunderstorm, because sometimes millions of birds look for a safe place on the ground. That is your chance to see rare species that would not normally make a stopover in your area.
4. Handle the birds with care© Bence Mate / NaturePL
Before you go in search of wild birds, delve into the local access rules so that the birds do not bother you. For example, special rules often apply during the breeding season.
If the birds are repeatedly disturbed, they leave the area. So keep your distance and view the animals with binoculars.