Bird Watching

Many of us wish that our lives would slow down a little. We wish we had time to get outside and enjoy some natural beauty. Good news. Bird watching offers an opportunity to do just this. It’s one of those hobbies that allow you to explore the world, gives you a reason to stop and contemplate and to recognize what a joy it is to be in this beautiful world. These are just a few of the reasons people love bird watching. And there are many, many more. If you’re new to the world of bird watching, you have just a few things to learn before you start on your journey. Here are a few more reasons why people love bird watching and why you should consider adding it to your growing list of hobbies.

Bird Watching Checklist 

Why Birding?

Some people are drawn to the beauty of birds, or the variety of songs the birds sing. They may love the sight of a bird they’ve never seen. Others like the social aspect that naturally comes along with bird watching. Bird watching is growing in popularity and many people choose to travel on group trips in order to learn about the world of birds. There’s no doubt that bird watching is very peaceful, but it’s also exciting. There’s an element of mystery involved when you begin a bird watching outing. You never know what you might see; you can’t always predict what sort of bird you might spot on your trip. And of course there’s the thrill that comes when you finally spot a bird you’ve been hoping to see. One of the other benefits is that it can be done anywhere (anywhere outdoors, at least) and there also isn’t a lot of gear required to enjoy it.

What do you need? You will need a good pair of binoculars, some hiking shoes, a field guide so you know what to look for, possibly a notebook, and a great place to go! We have created a check list of birds that have been sighted here at Starved Rock State Park. You can print the list and start right now! Have a great time enjoying the nature of Starved Rock!