Top 5 Insider Tips on Birding
1. Practice your pishing! Use a whispered pish (say the word as is) to attract birds, mostly chickadees and tits; other birds may also show up to see what the deal is. After you’ve attracted them, halt your pish and let them return to their natural behavior.
2. Anything from sandhill cranes and larks to killdeer and redwings come back to Door County by mid March, possibly even before the ice is off streams-they like to get home. Then, waterfowl return by mid April as inland waters de-ice. Migrants, flying in from Central and South America, and shorebirds return in mid May; turkeys, pheasants, cardinals and crows are with us always. To check out all their calls, and add some awesome fun to your day, try listening to bird calls on cd while you are making a long trip in the car. Check with your local library staff for CD availability.
3. Try shorelines that have lots of tall pine trees, in May, to see migrating birds; they like to pick midges (those tiny flies) that have come out of the shallow water, off the trees.
4. Bird on a day following 24 hours of strong winds coming out of the south; these winds help migrating birds fly north; you don’t have to get out there BEFORE the sun, but sunshine encourages birds to do their thing; the same goes for people, too!
5. You will best find birding bliss, and avoid frustration, by using binoculars that offer an objective lens measurement between 30 and 45 mm--(the opposite end from the one you are looking through) you might prefer toting around less weighty binocs towards the 30 mm side; and more magnification is not necessarily better. Try for magnification from 6 to 8.