Whether it happens in your neighborhood park or your own backyard, birdwatching is fun, fascinating, and easy to learn. Here, our recommendations for everything Dad needs, whether he is getting started or getting serious.
1. Nikon 7577 MONARCH 5 10x42 Binocular: Highly rated and moderately priced for a very reputable brand, this pair is fog-proof (so important), waterproof, and lightweight.
2. Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42 Binocular: A less-expensive option, and still a good value, we love the ergonomic grip and it's compact size.
Song Sleuth: It's Shazam for birdsong. What could be more brilliant for your next foray into the woods or socially-distanced backyard hangout?
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1. Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition With illustrations rather than photographs, this guide is our all-time favorite.
2. Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America Its compact size and crisp photographs make this guide ideal for use in the field.
Osprey Archeon 25 Pack: This mid-sized daypack nods to old-school style with it's classic rolltop closure. But thoroughly updated pockets and a water-repellant skin means its no throwback. Available in three neutral colors, it will carry water, snacks, field guides, binoculars, and anything else that improves an early morning of birding.
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