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Birding Tips and Resources

When to look for birds

A beautiful spring day is not necessarily the best time for bird-watching. Some species are most visible when you least expect to see wildlife of any kind. The time of day is also important if you want to make the most of your bird-watching hours. Songbirds are easiest to spot during the first hours after dawn and before sunset, while vultures, hawks, and eagles are likeliest to be seen at midday.

Birding tips

  • Look, listen, and move carefully.
  • If you hear a sound or notice movement, your goal is to locate, identify, and observe the bird without frightening it away.
  • Keep conversation to a minimum. Avoid abrupt movements. Remember that experienced birders usually travel less than a mile per hour on foot.
  • Watch for signs of alarm in birds: a freeze in posture, a cocked head, a half-raising of the wings, and so on. These tell you to stop moving until the bird calms down or to back away if necessary.
  • Study an unfamiliar bird thoroughly before consulting your field guide, and take notes if necessary.
Black-capped Chickadee Icelandic State Park
 

Birding on the Internet

Bird Checklists for selected North Dakota State Parks are available on-line for the following parks:

Ring-necked ducks Lewis and Clark State Park
 

Other good birding internet sites include—

Wild Turkey Icelandic State Park
 

Birding Field Guides

  • Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds by Roger Tory Peterson (Illustrator), Virginia Marie Peterson (Illustrator)
  • Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds by Roger Tory Peterson (Illustrator)
  • Peterson First Guide to Birds of North America by Roger Tory Peterson
  • Peterson Field Guide Birding by Ear : Eastern/Central by Richard K. Walton (Editor), Robert W. Lawson
  • Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists - Backyard Birds (by Jonathan P. Latimer, Karen Stray Nolting, Roger Tory Peterson (Illustrator), Virginia Marie Peterson (Illustrator)
  • Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding : Birding Challenges and How to Approach Them by Kenn Kaufman
  • Peterson Field Guide to Hawks : North America by William S. Clark, Brian K. Wheeler (Illustrator), Wm S. Clark
  • Stokes Field Guide to Birds : Eastern Region by Donald Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes
  • Stokes Field Guide to Birds : Western Region by Donald Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes
  • Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs : Eastern Region by Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes, Lang Elliott
  • Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs : Western Region by Kevin Colver, Donald Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes
  • Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds : Eastern Region by Donald Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes (Contributor)
  • Golden Guide to Birds by Ira N. Gabrielson, James Gordon Irving (Illustrator), Herbert Spencer Zim
  • Audubon Society Nature Guides - The Sibley Guide to Birds : Field Identification by David Allen Sibley
  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Jon L. Dunn

Other Resources

  • Northern Prairie Science Center
  • Audubon Society of Fargo-Moorhead
  • North Dakota Game and Fish Department
  • Audubon in North Dakota
  • The Nature Conservancy in North Dakota
Tundra Swan Lewis and Clark State Park