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Bird watching, or “birding,” is an a hobby and interest that flies below the radar. Birds are everywhere, but people with the ability to pay careful attention to all types of birds, are not. Old World Christmas has paid particular attention to this popular hobby, and not surprisingly, our bird ornaments sell well every year. We have over 100 bird ornaments, and feature the clip on variety, hanging bird ornaments, and an entire category of owl ornaments. We love providing our loyal customers with Christmas ornament replicas of their most favorite birds. In the dark, cold winter, when many birds are dormant, and not nearly as active as they are in the warmer summer months, seeing a beautiful bird on the Christmas tree adds a bright touch of color as well as the reminder that brighter days are ahead. 

Small Investment

Birding is an easy hobby to start. There aren’t big start-up costs, and it gets people outside into the great outdoors. A pair of binoculars and a bird-watching guide are two helpful tools for the beginning birder. A mid-range set of binoculars costs about $100-200. Make sure the optics are bright and clear, and that the binoculars themselves aren’t too heavy if you were too hike or bird watch for an extended period of time. There are a number of recommended guides, including helpful apps and websites. Much bird watching happens regionally, so be sure to invest in a guide that represents the birds you will see close to home. 

Get Outside

Once you’re ready to start looking for birds, and fitted with binoculars and a guide, get outside. But don’t only look up in trees, birds live in bushes, open fields, and near rivers or streams. In short: birds are everywhere. To get an up-close look, invest in a bird feeder or bird house, and get the birds to come to you. Different feed brings in different types of birds, so occasionally change up the type of feed, or purchase a few different feeders filled with different seed to attract different types of birds. If you want birds to help you get out, seek out a variety of locations and environments to see a variety of different birds. The birds in the mountains will be different than the birds found in the city. A city park is interestingly a great place to bird watch because the greenery acts as a type of bird oasis.

Meet Others

There are birders everywhere, and with social media, websites, and word of mouth, it’s easier than ever to connect with a bird-watching group. Even one single friend makes this hobby more fun! Learning tips and tricks from people who have been bird watching for longer enhances your experience and helps you learn what to look for and to identify what you’re seeing. Birds, like humans are hungry in the morning after a long night, so the early bird really does get the worm, and the early birder might get lucky and see the best birds. Don’t be surprised if the clubs or meet up groups get together early in the morning. 

We hope a new—or well established—bird watching hobby brings delight and curiosity to the bird seeker. We love that Old World Christmas provides a vast collection of bird ornaments to expand the bird lovers collection. Whether you seek birds of prey or love the friendly hen, birding is a hobby we support! 

February 08, 2022 by Rachael Mitchell

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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