Friday, January 19, 2018

Tips For Bird Watching in the Winter

We’ve had quite the winter already! With a month of winter under our belt, we’ve experienced freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. With uncomfortable temperatures outside, you may be driven indoors to find amusement and warmth. If that’s the case, it may be time to take up some new hobbies that keep you indoors while still appreciating the outdoors, like bird watching! If you’ve always loved spying on those little-feathered creatures out your window, here are a few tips to help make it even more meaningful.

Getting Started

Every good bird watcher knows that having the right tools can be the start of a wonderful bird watching relationship. While you don’t need to go out and invest a lot of money, you can still get some nice equipment that will last you for many seasons. As you plan your bird watching tool kid, here are a few items you may want to keep around.

  • Binoculars
  • Field Guide
  • Bird Feeders
  • Camera
  • Bird Apps

You can find more tools that could be helpful, like a spotting scope for long distances, or a notebook to take down observations. However, bird watching can be as relaxed or as complex as you’d like to make it.

Get a Bird List

A field guide can be very beneficial, but you’ll also want to find out what birds are in your area during which times of the year. The Midwest can see a lot of different birds as they migrate north or south depending on the time of year so you could be in of quite the adventure.
We’ve referred to the Great Missouri Birding Trail to see what bird species you may expect to find throughout Missouri, see if you can collect them all!

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Mourning Dove
  • Barred Owl
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • Black-Capped/Carolina Chickadee
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Yellow-Breasted Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • American Robin
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch
  • White-Throated Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch

Find the Birds

Since your goal may be to stay indoors for this chilly Missouri winter, you may want to find a way to get the birds to come to you. Thankfully, Camdenton Farm and Garden has a great supply of bird feeders for any number of bird species. Not to mention, we have the best bird seed to go with it!

Find a Birding Group

Whether you want to find one on social media or in your local community, it can be fun to get together with others who love birds as much as you. The community aspect of a birding group can not only be fun, but it can be a great way to learn more about the birds in your area, and be notified when a new one could be migrating through or an unusual bird has been spotted!

Birding at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you are ready to start bird watching at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would love to help. From getting supplies and learning the best way to set them up to learning what types of birds to watch for and what types of food they like - we are your one-stop shop. Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden, and don’t forget that we have a great sale happening for our January White Sale! All white bird food is 10% off, but only in January!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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