What essential items does a novice birder need? Here, founder of the World Series of Birding Pete Dunne’s top picks to help you take on a new adventure.
By Madeleine Frank
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“The gold standard in field guides is the Sibley Guide to Birds, which was written and illustrated in Cape May Point,” says Dunne. The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition, $40; amazon.com
“Kenn Kaufman’s field guide was designed with new birders in mind,” says Pete Dunne, birding expert and founder of the World Series of Birding. Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America, $18.95; amazon.com.
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Neutral Colored Clothing
“Bright colors are startling to birds, and white is a universal sign of danger to them,” says Dunne. “Brown, green, and beige are the best colors to wear.”
Patagonia Women's Long-Sleeved Sol Patrol® Shirt, $89, patagonia.com
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A must! Dunne emphasizes the importance of testing out a number of different makes and models to see which is most comfortable for you.
Zeiss Conquest Compact 522074 10 x 25 Binoculars, $515, amazon.com
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A Notebook and Pencil
“Bring something to take notes in the field that will become your personal keepsake to identify your engagement with this other living creature,” says Dunne. We love that this waterproof notebook holds up to the rain.
Rite in the Rain – Birder’s Field Notebook, $9.45, amazon.com
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“If you’re going to be doing any long term viewing, be sure to wear a pair of dark sunglasses to protect your eyes,” says Dunne.