Patch Birding or Yard Birding is a fun way to watch and keep track of all the birds in a specific areas.
Patch Birding or Yard Birding is a way to list all of the bird species you have seen from a very specific, small site, like your yard or a specific patch of woods or a park near you. A patch can be as big as a forest or as small as a grove of trees on your street. The idea is that the location is relatively small and can be birded from a stationary point, like a porch or window, or with minimal walking. It helps to have binoculars (starting at about $20), get a good bird identification book or use these apps to help ID birds.
If you want to select a patch in Winnebago County, our county offers superb opportunities for bird-watching. Winnebago County’s four rivers, prairies, wetlands, and woodlands are magnets for migrating and nesting birds. More than 300 species of bird have been recorded in Winnebago County’s woods, rivers, lakes and prairies, many of them easily seen from a car or during an easy stroll.