According to the British Ornithologists' Union's "British List," 588 species of birds have occurred in Great Britain as of October 2009, permanently, seasonally or temporarily in migration.
Birders identify species by sight and sound. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds suggests focusing on the size, shape and color of a bird as well as the habitat in which it is found. Take notes on distinguishing field marks and compare them to photographs or drawings in field guides.
Books on bird identification, known as field guides, are designed to be carried easily on outdoor birding excursions. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds publishes several field guides, from general guides to books focusing on backyard bird species.
Ornithologists record bird sounds in the wild and compile them in digital audio format. Use compact discs playable by species to verify sounds heard in the field.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' website hosts an interactive online British bird identifier featuring 259 of the most prominent species in Great Britain.
Novice birders find mentors in bird clubs. British bird clubs range from neighborhood to national organizations.
Article Written By Johnny Galluzzo
John Galluzzo leads nature tours throughout the northeastern United States and since receiving his bachelor's degree in history from UMASS Amhest in 1993 has written 30 books on the Boston area, New England and the Coast Guard. He regularly contributes to "South Shore Living" and "Ships Monthly" magazines.