The Birdist’s Rules of Birding

“So what’s this all about? Primarily, this column is going to be a guide for nascent birders, the “bird curious” among us, if you will, looking to get deeper into the hobby.”

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.

Birdist Rule #57: It's Summer—Watch Out for Juveniles!

— Baby birds are about to be on the loose, but identifying them can be tricky.

Birdist Rule #95: Learn the Red-Eyed Vireo's Song and Level-Up Your Birding

— Knowing this species opens the door to a whole new world of birds.

Birdist Rule #28: Know When Birds Think You're Too Close to Their Nests

— There are a variety of behaviors birds display when they feel threatened. Understanding them will make you a more responsible birder.

Birdist Rule #89: Try Standing Still to See More Birds

— It's amazing what you can miss if you don't have a little patience.

Birdist Rule #45: Learn to Deal With Incredibly Annoying Bugs

— Here are some of the worst bugs you'll encounter while birding, as well as some methods for prevention.
Baltimore Orioles. Eric Nie/Audubon Photography Awards

Birdist Rule #110: Use Weather Forecasts to Predict When Migrating Birds Will Arrive

— With some basic knowledge, you can greatly increase your chances of seeing your favorite spring migrants.

Birdist Rule #86: Take Advantage of Our Incredible National Park System

— It's National Park Week, so go make use of all those excellent birding destinations. There are a lot more than you think.

Birdist Rule #94: Consider a Career in Birds

— If birding just isn't enough, there are lots of opportunities out there.

Birdist Rule #70: Get Prepared for Spring Migration

— Know where you need to be, when you need to be there, and what you might see.