I highly recommend that all bird enthusiasts keep a bird watching journal. It can be kept in a variety of ways as shown below.
Or understand a species relationship with the ecological system of a region.
How to keep a birding journal. You and fellow birders may turn to your journal and other supporting records to trace a species use of specific migration routes within the four great flyways of the united states. A bird life list is a record of the species of birds you ve sighted over time. A birding journal should include a place for the name of the bird the location the bird was seen and the date the bird was first seen in the area.
On paper in a journal dedicated to keep track long term. Typically the list is kept in a journal. It s as simple as buying a notebook grabbing a favorite pen and keeping both near the window that provides what truly is the greatest show on earth.
Your life lists should be kept in a bird watching journal. All your observations will provide you with some useful info for the future. Each entry notes the bird species the date location and any notes you want to add.
A good bird watching journal combines a number of characteristics. Studying the notes you ve made can help you realize what observations you missed so you will know what to look for the next time you see a bird and you will learn to appreciate their individuality and diversity even more with each observation. Watching becomes more than just seeing.
Why keep a journal. Try to use flowers or leaves that are important to the birds that you are observing or that remind you of a particular moment. I added the time of day into my journal as well.
Keeping a life list of birds is a simple project. Whether you are keeping track of the wild birds that visit your bird feeders or the birds in your nearest national forest your hobby will be enhanced by keeping a bird watching journal. Third it should contain blank areas to write your notes.
Ways to keep a bird life list. Estimate a species abundance or decline within an area from year to year. My own experience has taught me that recording what i see in my journal increases my focus on what i am watching.
Use a species numbers as an indicator of an area s environmental health from year to year. First it should be compact so you don t have to take up unnecessary space for other things. It is most useful in the experience of raising them from hatch onward but if you have already purchased your first birds start with journaling them.
Using your journal. To make the most of your birding journal review it regularly. If you prefer a journal that is a little less lumpy scan flowers or leaves into your computer print the results using a color printer and glue the image onto your entry page.
In a book there are log books specifically created for keeping a life list. A bird watching journal will preserve your birding experiences. Colors of the bird are good to write down and pictures are nice.
Second it should have a case to protect it from rain spills and so on. It becomes an act of interpretation of what i am watching. Depending on your particular bird watching exploits you can keep one global list or separate lists as you see fit.