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Watching birds can be fun and relaxing… until you spot a bird you can’t identify. It has driven many a backyard birder crazy (including us) trying to figure out who the new backyard visitor was.

With over 150 different species of birds that live in the US and Canada, identifying birds can be challenging. The great news is that there are several websites and apps to help you quickly identify your new feathered friend.
Here are some of my favorite “go-to” bird identification websites:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

National Geographic Bird Identifier

Once you have identified the bird, do you keep track of how many times you see that bird each week? month? year?


Do you track what type of food they are eating or where they are perching?

By tracking when you see them, what they are sitting on and what they are eating, you will be able to know when to put out specific types of food for your favorite birds and when you are most likely to see them.

Looking for resources or Bird Identifier books? Click HERE for some of my favorite (Kids Books for our budding birders are listed too!)

Happy Birding!

Ginger & Lori


What’s That Bird? — 10 Comments

  1. Thanks for the apps. I usually notice a bird when it is one I haven’t seen before. I’m not on the lookout for the much and usually only see 2 or 3 types of birds, so when I travel and see other countries “common” birds it’s a bit more interesting and would be good to find out easily what they are. Now I know a quick way to ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. This is a great Website, I love to watch animals, itยดs always so relaxing. But I have to learn a lot more about all the different species of birds, thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  3. Hi Ginger,

    I was introduced to bird watching back in college when a professor of mine invited us to join her on a trip to check out some migratory birds. I can’t remember what they were, but they were spectacular to watch – their colors and their behaviors. As it was a rare opportunity, we were lucky to be able to take many pictures of them.


    • Cathy,
      Migratory birds are very hard to identify, as we only get a glimpse of them for a short period of time. However, I love the challenge of identifying birds… that’s why I shared the link so that we can all learn more about the different birds we see! My favorite app is the Merlin Bird ID from Cornell. It is portable and easy to navigate!
      Glad you have a great memory of birding!
      Ginger & Lori

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