If you love birds, bird watching is a great hobby for you. Taking a long bird watching hike is a good way to spy many different types of birds in one outing. Some of the national parks and trails make good places to look for birds. Here are some tips to help you plan a bird watching hike.
First, make sure to bring your binoculars. Regular binoculars will do, of course, but you can get special bird watching binoculars. You’ll want these both for watching and identifying birds but also for enjoying the scenery. Bird watching binoculars are really the only equipment necessary for this hobby.
You may also want to bring a camera. Of course it’s not necessary, but if you like to make scrap books or journals, you may enjoy keeping a photographic record of all the birds that you see. It’s also good for identifying birds later on if you aren’t able to do so on the spot.
If you’re taking a hike, you should always bring some food and water, and even if the weather is warm when you set out you should also take a jumper or coat in case it gets cold later on.
When hiking in national parks or on mountains, be sure to find out the rules and regulations for that area before you take your hike. Always bring all your rubbish back out with you, and make sure that someone knows where you are so that if you get lost they will be able to alert the authorities when you don’t arrive home on time.