How to take notes out bird watching
Keeping notes about the birds you see on your local birding patch - either just brief details or more detailed descriptions - will help you to gain indepth insights.
I saw my first greylag geese near Tring Reservoir on 17 September 1977. I clocked up 49 species that day, including some unexpected green sandpipers. How can I be so sure more than 30 years later? Because I have been writing field notes since the devil was a boy, and my notebooks have become the timeline of my life as a birder.