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My first day out birdwatching!

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Old Saturday 16th June 2018, 16:15   #1
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My first day out birdwatching!

Hello everyone, as the title says, was my first proper day out with my binoculars birdwatching! And wow! They let you know where they are.. but can you see them?! NO! All inside the bushes and stuff! But I did get a few birdies which I shall post below :) Anyone got tips on birdwatching as I was struggling to see so many birds :(

Mallard (Male)
Mallard (female)
Canada geese
Canada geese (juveniles)
Moorhen (Adult)
Grey heron
Black headed gull
Rock dove (feral pigeon) (white patches)
Mute swan
Mute swan baby
Blackbird (male)
Long tailed tit? (Black, brown, white front)
Robbin
Crow

Pretty sure I saw a Great Tit also but havent put it down as it flew off too quick so I could ID it.

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Old Saturday 16th June 2018, 17:15   #2
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Good luck, get yourself a bird book and you will start too enjoy them even more.
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It's a bit more difficult at this time of year because there's so much greenery, and the birds take advantage of that. A lot easier when there are less leaves on the trees (Spring, Autumn and Winter). But if you can find them now, you'll find more when the leaves start to fall off in a few months time. Take the time to try and learn the calls and songs of the birds that you might encounter in your birdwatching spots, that way when you hear them you'll know roughly where to look for them (and what you're looking for), increasing your chances of seeing them.
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check out the ‘Tips for New Birders’ forum, lots of threads there that might help you and good luck with your new hobby!
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Sounds like a very enjoyable first day Chilt.

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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 07:38   #6
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Thanks everyone for your kind words, it was a good day :) just gotta keep at it and practice :)

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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 20:41   #7
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Went out again today! Saw a Male and Female Blackcap, 2 dunnocks and 3 crows fighting a buzzard in flight.
I obv saw more but I have already listed them :)

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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 23:45   #8
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Thanks everyone for your kind words, it was a good day :) just gotta keep at it and practice :)

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Well done, Chilt. You have absolutely the right idea. Just get out there are keep doing it. It can be frustrating at first for all sorts of reasons, but the more you do it the more you will learn. It will come gradually.

If you can get yourself out into the field at dawn you'll see a lot more than you will later in the day. Also, try visit various different types of habitat. Woodland, rivers, marshes, lakes, estuaries: all these have different birds to offer (although the last two, if not three, are likely to need a telescope to get the best out of them).
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Well done, Chilt. You have absolutely the right idea. Just get out there are keep doing it. It can be frustrating at first for all sorts of reasons, but the more you do it the more you will learn. It will come gradually.

If you can get yourself out into the field at dawn you'll see a lot more than you will later in the day. Also, try visit various different types of habitat. Woodland, rivers, marshes, lakes, estuaries: all these have different birds to offer (although the last two, if not three, are likely to need a telescope to get the best out of them).
Thanks for your reply, Id like to get out earlier but dawn is like 4am for me :(
But I am going to a local rspb reserve soon! :)

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