Dec 28, 2015 | Featured Web Article

Keep Your Optics and Guide Handy

You never know what you'll see at your window! Always keep a field guide and a pair of binoculars handy.
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Clever backyard bird watchers know that keeping their binoculars and a field guide handy to where they do most of their feeder watching is a smart idea. The last thing you want to do when a rare bird shows up is to scramble to find your binoculars. Instead, keep them on the windowsill, on a nearby table, or hanging from a hook on an adjacent wall. If you have more than one pair of binoculars, consider dedicating one to your feeding station window or favorite bird-watching spot. Then, when that rare visitor from far away shows up at your feeders, you'll be prepared to observe it immediately, without having to waste time hunting for your optics.

About Bill Thompson, III

Bill Thompson III is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest by day. He's also a keen birder, the author of many books, a dad, a field trip leader, an ecotourism consultant, a guitar player, and blogger.

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