Tips from John Barbour

John Barbour is an employee at the local Wild Birds Unlimited, and of course, a bird lover!

One of the first tips that Barbour offers to new birdwatchers is to find a mentor. Barbour recommends finding a local mentor that can help you learn the ropes.

"Learning all this on your own without someone helping you can be more tedious and arduous than it needs to be."

One place you can look for mentors is in the Alachua Audubon Society. You can get acquainted with the local Audubon Society by going on one of the many birding trips they offer.

"That can save you tons of hours of grief."

Barbour also points out that insect repellant is a good thing to have on you during birding trips.

Timing also plays a lot into what kind of birds you'll see and how many birds you will see. Barbour said the best times to go birding in Alachua County would be late winter and early spring.

"Winter migrants from up North are here," he said, "And, some summer migrants are starting to arrive so you get a double shot."

However, there is no need to limit yourself to just those seasons because you can find birds all-year round.