The Birdist’s Rules of Birding

Birdist Rule #43: Personalize Your License Plate With Something Birdy

Birdist Rule #43: Personalize Your License Plate With Something Birdy

— Let your birder flag fly.
Birdist Rule #59: Learn to Identify Warblers From Below

Birdist Rule #59: Learn to Identify Warblers From Below

— The underside is what you spend the most time looking at, after all.
Birdist Rule #48: Go Find a Swan—a Wild Swan

Birdist Rule #48: Go Find a Swan—a Wild Swan

— And when you do, prepare to be wowed.
Birdist Rule #74: Watch Some Movies About Birding

Birdist Rule #74: Watch Some Movies About Birding

— Stuck indoors for the holidays? Scrutinize these birding movies instead of real-life field marks.
Rule #46: Go on a Successful Birding Trip Without a Guide

Rule #46: Go on a Successful Birding Trip Without a Guide

— Intimidated to chase a lifer on your own? Don't be. Just use my bird-finding strategy, known as I.B.I.S.
Birdist Rule #83: Identify Your First Ibis

Birdist Rule #83: Identify Your First Ibis

— Beware: We have three species, and two of them can be really confusing.
Birdist Rule #87: Know How to Bird on Vacation with a Non-Birding Spouse

Birdist Rule #87: Know How to Bird on Vacation with a Non-Birding Spouse

— It's possible, but compromise is key.
Birdist Rule #4: Avoid Making These Boneheaded Birding Mistakes

Birdist Rule #4: Avoid Making These Boneheaded Birding Mistakes

— As experienced by yours truly.
Birdist Rule #81: Learn How to Handle Your First ‘Dip’

Birdist Rule #81: Learn How to Handle Your First ‘Dip’

— Missing a bird you've traveled to see, or ‘dipping,’ can be a disappointing experience. It’s also a birding rite of passage.
Birdist Rule #78: Go Find an Exotic Bird in the U.S.

Birdist Rule #78: Go Find an Exotic Bird in the U.S.

— There are established populations all over the country, and some species even count toward your life list. They're also just thrilling to see.
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