Before heading off on a birdwatching adventure, read up about our feathered friends. There are plenty of books and apps on offer that list the various species of birds, where they fly, and what they look like. It’s important to find a field guide that’s tailored to your country. For example, in Australia, AusBird is a directory of birds that are native to our shores, as well as those that migrate here each year.
While you’re studying birds, pay special attention to birds in your area. That way, you can keep an eye out for them every day – without needing to wait for your next birdwatching mission! Start making notes of the birds you’ve seen and the ones you’re yet to spot.
Once you’ve identified a bird, write down its habits. What does it sound like? What does it eat? How does it move? By doing that, you’ll soon be able to distinguish between ‘normal’ and ‘unusual’ behaviour.