Be a Bird Watcher!

Need a new hobby?  Try bird watching.  We live in a great place for it! 

Have you ever considered bird watching as a hobby?  It has much to offer.  A recent article in the March issue of the The Ruralite magazine talked about the merits of Spring as a Prime Bird Watching Season.  And here in the American West we have one of the best places in our country to view birds.

There are over 900 species of birds in North America.  Over ¾ of them are found here in the West.  15 of the 319 species of hummingbirds are found in the West.  The Rufus hummingbird is one we see often in our area of White Bird.  (This bird is extremely territorial.  Did you know that It migrates between southeastern Alaska and Mexico?)

Bird watching is a great activity which requires very little in the way of equipment (binoculars, spotting scope will do).  A good guide book helps in identification.  Here are two suggestions:  Birds of Idaho Field Guide and Idaho Birds: An Introduction to Familiar Species.

Birds are everywhere.  You don’t have to go far to enjoy this pastime.  You can start right in your own backyard!  If you develop a passion for this activity, then you can branch out to waterways, coastal areas, forests, fields, mountains and deserts.

Did you know that bird watching is good for your health!  According to research here are the Top Ten Health Benefits Of Bird Watching:

Appreciation for Nature
Contemplation and Introspection
Quick Reflexes
Mental Alertness
Cardiovascular Health
Sense of Community
Increase in Upper Arm Strength

Quoting from the Audubon website, “Outside your door, on your way to work, at the beach—birds are everywhere.  Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first pair of binoculars or an experienced birder in search of identification tips, we have it all here for you.  So go on, start exploring.”

Idaho has many possibilities to offer in the way of bird watching.  “Its scenic landscapes and unique geologic features, with large lakes and wild rivers, rugged soaring peaks, heavily timbered forests, and high desert seas of sagebrush interspersed with oasis for migrating and wintering birds, combine to make Idaho a highly desirable, and under-appreciated, birding destination.”

These sites will provide additional, valuable information:

Visit Idaho Website
Birds of Idaho

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird, Idaho State Bird