When there are too many things going on inside your head, communing with nature is the best way to relax your mind and to free yourself from worries. Nature exploration has always been an appealing activity, and you don’t have to go far to discover what nature has to offer in Southwest Florida. You can just sit by the beach and watch the birds soar high.
When it comes to getting a better view of the birds, you will need to take the best time for bird watching into consideration. Like humans, birds also have daily schedules or patterns. If bird watching is one of the activities on your to-do list, here are some details you might want to know before scheduling a bird watching activity:
Birds and their Behavior
Birds are known for finding food for themselves or for their hatchlings. They are often active in the morning when the sun rises. This is because it’s the best time to hunt for insects, fish, and other food types. When it comes to feeding, birds are also active in late evening.
Aside from finding food, birds are also known for their ability to sing. You might have heard them sing when you wake up every morning. It’s their way of establishing territories and attracting potential mates.
If you are interested in identifying different species, consider going birding early in the morning. You’ll have a greater chance of finding different species at this time of day. There are also birds that practice sunning. They are visible in the mid-afternoon. Sunning is a technique that birds use for controlling feather mite and temperature regulation.
While there are specific schedules for feeding, birds can drink anytime. However, they may frequent water sources when they are eating or during the heat of the day. It’s important to understand the behavior of birds so you will know when you should consider bird watching. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to get a good view of birds if you know the time of day they’re most active.
Although you can rarely see birds when it’s breeding season, breeding birds have active behavior and attractive plumage during this season. Be sure to avoid disturbing the birds’ nest by keeping a safe distance from them. Look for a nest that you can observe even from a distance.
You can also see birds during fall and spring migration. Birds usually migrate in large groups, making it easier for you to see them. There are also vagrant birds or the ones that end up being disoriented during their migration routes.
If you want to see specific birds, taking note of the time they’re active is important. For eagles, vultures, and hawks, they are visible in late afternoon or late morning.
Nighthawks, owls and night herons are considered to be nocturnal. They can only be seen in the late night. The climate and geography also affect the birds’ activity pattern. You should also take note of these factors if you want more chances to see birds of different species.
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