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Travel for Birding

Travel for Birding

Going to see the Cock-of-the-Rock can take you to places like Peru and Machu Picchu!

Traveling is not known for being cheap. Whether driving, flying, staying in a hotel, or camping out, there are many expenses involved. Unless the travel is strictly for business, most people making that investment want to have an amazing experience, to see and do those things they love most. The same principal is true for birders. When these passionate individuals take a trip, they often plan to squeeze in or dedicate the entire journey to birdwatching. Birding is a fast-growing industry and it is not surprising that more and more birdwatchers are taking birding focused vacations. Of course, the obvious reason is to see more species in areas far from their home. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many excellent reasons for birding away from home. However, it is important to be prepared to have the best experiences possible.

Why Travel for Birding

Depending on where your travels take you, the opportunity exists to experience the thrill of witnessing bird species that you have never seen before. So, even though there are probably plenty of birds to watch nearby, many choose to travel for new experiences. Birding in different parts of the world also provides an opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new friends, and enjoy some rest and relaxation. Furthermore, birding far from home is an incredible educational experience. Whether you desire to embark on a pre-planned trip, birding tours, a vacation add-on, or even an unplanned stop, taking the time and effort to do so is exceptionally rewarding. However, to get the most from your birding travel experience, it is important to be prepared.

Before Your Trip

The more planning you put into your journey, the more focused your birding is likely to be. Even if you are making an unplanned stop in your larger journey, having some basics accounted for can be a significant enrichment. If planning a trip specifically for birding, the first step is to decide which type of trip it will be, and where you would like to go. If you are going somewhere just for the birding, think about the location carefully. Choose whether it is more important to see a particular area, distinct species, or a little of both.

If you are just planning a short stop as part of a vacation or business trip, you may have less choice in the location, so begin to look for the best times and places you can expect the best experience. For example, if driving through the Midwest, map out your trip and look for areas offering an excellent opportunity. Of course, this does take some research. Carve out a little time before you leave to investigate species, hotspots, and local sightings where you will be traveling. Most importantly, you should pack properly for both enjoyment and safety. Consider the season and your destination, as well as the birding essentials you will need.

You will have to go to South America to see this Parrot!

You will have to go to South America to see this Parrot!

During and Following Your Trip

Your birding travel may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see an individual species, so doing the proper research can significantly increase your chance of seeing one in particular. Use the resources you have available to determine and enhance the likelihood of witnessing all you wish to see. Field guides are valuable. However, seeking out and communicating with local birding clubs or national birding organizations can also be helpful. You may also want to consider the use of birding software. Birding software will not only help you to find the birds you most desire to see but is also a phenomenal way to track those once in a lifetime finds.

Use Birder's Diary

Birder’s Diary is the World's premier listing software for birder's and naturalists, for good reason. For over 20 years, Birder's Diary has been leading the industry in both technology, products, and services. The software uses the top taxonomic lists making it great not only for birders, but for anyone passionate about trees, plants, reptiles, mammals, butterflies, and many other forms of natural beauty. It is much more than a mere listing program allowing you to attach photographs, compare sightings, create a family report, and generate reports. For more information, please browse our features page on our website, or contact us at We also offer a free 30-day trial of our software with no commitment necessary. Birder's Diary warmly welcomes you to the beautiful sport of birding and look forward to helping you make the most of your new hobby.