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You can become a birdwatcher from your very own backyard.

A birdwatcher, also called a “birder,” is someone who looks for birds and keeps a list of all the different kinds of birds they’ve seen or heard. It’s fun and easy to become a birdwatcher. All you need are your eyes, your ears, a bird guide book, and maybe a pair of binoculars to see birds that are high up in trees.

Some of the best places to spot these feathered friends are from your own backyard or local park. Birds like ducks, swans, and geese live near water. Colorful birds like cardinals, robins, and blue jays live in forests and neighborhood trees.

To find out what birds live in your state, check out a bird guide book from your local library. A guide book can teach you where different birds like to live, what they sound like, and if you can spot them during the day, during the night, during the summer, or in the fall during migration.

Another way to spot birds is to attract them to your house. You can plant flowers and other plants that attract the bugs they like to eat. Or you can hang bird feeders and watch them outside your window.

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