Birding is one of those hobbies that is immensely satisfying. It is enjoyable at any age. When you find a new bird, identify it and record it in your notebook, you will probably remember from then on where the event occurred. Birding not only teaches you about birds, but you end up enjoying all of creation's handiwork.
Get up early while the birds are most active, sunup to about mid morning. Go back in the evening and observe more of their beauty. Get a cooler, and take a lunch; get some rubber boots for the marsh; break out the mosquito dope and sunburn lotion. Wear old clothes and get some dust, mud, leaves, and pollen on them. Get a window mount for your spotting scope. Teach the kids how to look through binoculars. Close the gates behind you, and ask permission if the property belongs to someone else.
When you see your first Western Tanager, it will take your breath away. When you hear your first Pied-billed Gebe, you will laugh out loud. When you hear the Western Meadowlark, you will remember Wyoming. When you follow the sounds of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and then finally see the scarlet crown patch go up because you have disturbed him, you will be amazed. Find out how polite waxwings are to each other. See if that Belted Kingfisher can get another minnow. See our national bird, the Bald Eagle, tower over the edge of the river in the trees. He will see you first. Now go on! Kick in all your senses, while they still work! I've done all I can for you here. Get out there and give it a try!
Washakie County sits on the edge of the division line between eastern and western birds. The Big Horn Mountains represent one of the barriers that prevent eastern birds from coming west. My favorite bird book is the Peterson Field Guide Series to Western Birds. An eastern version is also available.
Our state checklist contains 398 species which have been known to occur in the state of Wyoming. Common bird names are used and listed in the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) format. Because bird names are constantly being changed, this checklist may not match your field guide or other checklists.
The Wyoming Bird Checklist, is published and distributed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. You can order a copy of this checklist by calling (307) 777-4538 or by sending a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org/
You can visit the Game and Fish website and also place orders at: http://gf.state.wy.us/
Listed here are the families and species of birds. When you receive the actual checklist from the G&F, it will not only give you the list, but tell you the regions of the state, the status and abundance, and the common habitats of the birds. To access the Wyoming Bird Checklists, click on the navigation buttons above.