Idea No. 8


Apart from a notebook and pen to record your bird observations immediately, I also suggest creating a Nature Journal, which is a more permanent and detailed record of your observations. In the book I said that a standard pad or A4 notebook is perfectly adequate, but if you’re looking for something special to give to a child for a birthday or seasonal present, here are some examples of Nature Journals you can purchase:

Alternatively, here are some ideas to if you want to sit down together with the child and make a Nature Journal yourselves, while here you can find some helpful resources on what to put in the Nature Journal.
Included in the book is the suggestion to download and print national bird lists from the appropriate ornithological association. An easier approach is to visit Avibase. This is an amazing resource. It is a database listing all birds of the world, containing – wait for it! – over 10,000 species and distribution information for 12,000 regions in several languages. Go to Checklists and you can view, download and print lists of the birds in a specific country or region. What’s more, you can look at photos of the birds and listen to their songs and calls. It really is an outstanding resource; especially useful when a child becomes more proficient in their hobby. If you don’t live in one of these areas, I suspect you might be from Mars:
Finally, a few suggestions for books on how to draw and photograph birds: