1. Read up on birds. The birds you see will end up being a lot more interesting if you are able to identify them in advance and call on previous knowledge when searching for them.

2. Bring a field guide with you. With so many spices of birds, it would be impossible for a beginner to identify many of them by site, so having a guide with pictures and tips is immensely helpful when out in the field.

3. Know where to look. Most bird species are very particular about their habitats and tend to stick with what they like, so being aware of these areas greatly increases the chances that you will find the species you are looking for.

4. Invest in a good pair of binoculars. There is a huge range in the the price and quality of binoculars available in the market today, but, as is usually typical with most things in life, a higher price almost always means higher quality and better birdwatching.

5. Know what to expect. Many State and National parks offer convenient checklists, so birdwatchers can always know what they are looking at even if they didn’t start off knowing what they were looking for.

6. Take a birdwatching tour. Many professionally guided tours are available free of charge, and are a great way for beginners to learn about and grow accustomed to the birdwatching lifestyle.

7. Join a birdwatching group or club. Most things in life are more fun when done with friends, and birdwatching is no exception; plus, you can always share tips and stories with your fellow birdwatchers during periods of downtime.

8. Keep a birdwatching diary. A birdwatching diary is an excellent way for jotting down notes and keeping track of sitings, and there are even a few apps and computer programs available to make the process even easier.

9. Bring the birds to you. Some of the most memorable bird sitings occur in your own backyard, and setting up your yard with the right plants or seeds to attract birds can make all the difference.

10. Respect the birds and their environment. Perhaps the most important of all birdwatching tips, respecting all birds and their habitats is the only way to ensure that they will be sited by birdwatchers of the future as well.


Everglades swamp tours offer some of the finest birdwatching in all of the United States. With an estimated 360 species of birds currently living in the Everglades, chances are good you’ll spot more than a few on your Everglades tour.