Group Birding Etiquette

Are you ready to head into the field and see dozens of birds? Knowledge and enthusiasm shouldn’t get in the way of basic birding etiquette.

Tread lightly in the field and be respectful.

Be prompt so the group can head out together as one unit.

Every birder was once a beginner and can probably remember the excitement, the challenges, and the inevitable mistakes of fledgling birders.  Be considerate of beginners and help them advance to intermediate and advanced levels of their new avocation. Beginners also have a responsibility not to over burden the leaders and other advanced birders.

Every birder was once a beginner and can probably remember the excitement, the challenges, and the inevitable mistakes of fledgling birders. Be considerate of beginners and help them advance to intermediate and advanced levels of their new avocation. Beginners also have a responsibility not to over burden the leaders and other advanced birders.

Birds’ keen senses alert them to our presence; when the group walks as quietly as possible and whispers, we see more.

Take cues from the leader who might signal for quiet as the group approaches a bird. Walking quietly will help us listen for birds.

While birding in a group, we enjoy sharing our findings.  If you’re new to birding, please don’t be shy; there’s a knowledgeable leader willing to share tips and sightings. But most importantly, enjoy yourself!  Birding is meant to be fun and informative.

Sue McGrath

(this comes from the Newburyport Birder’s Newsletter with slight modifications.)

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