• Trish

Bird Identification Resources

Updated: Aug 7

It's April 1st - that means time to start our Wander Seek Explore Project! Since week one is all about bird watching and identification we thought we'd start off with a list of books and apps we enjoy using. There are so many wonderful books and apps out there so this is by no means an exhaustive list. And there is no need to get all of the books. Head to your library or local bookstore and look through them. See which one feels right for you. If you find a book you particularly like that is not on the list, we would love to hear what you find!

Books and Guides

"National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America"

"National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America"

"National Audubon Society Field Guide to Birds of North America"

"Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America"

"Peterson Guide to Bird Identification - in 12 Steps"

"A Pocket Naturalist Guide" - these are laminated local guides that are perfect for taking on the trail with you

(Note from Trish: I have a "Birds of Virginia Field Guide" by Stan Tekiela that I am particularly fond of. It is color coded and has decent photographs. Upon doing some research, it looks like it is a series and there is one for various states. I suggest checking it out to see if you like it.)


Merlin Bird ID from The Cornell Lab (Trish's personal favorite bird identification app!)

Audubon Bird Guide App

Bird ID USA Backyard Birds

Peterson Bird Field Guide

Just like the books, there is no need to download all of the apps. Look through them and see which one works for you!

We hope this list helps get you started in your bird identification journey. Let us know if you have any questions about resources!

Happy Bird Watching!


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