Backyard Birding

As spring is upon us here in Kitchener, we are noticing the birds singing early in the morning. What can you see from your window, your balcony, your backyard? This may be a great time to give birding a try! 

New to birding? Here are some ideas to help you start:

Check out this Grand River Watershed Bird Checklist for birds that you might see in the area. The Grand River Conservation Authority has some other great tips and resources.

Different natural areas are home to different birds, so don’t expect to see all varieties in one area! You’ll see different birds in a backyard than by the Grand River or in the Huron Natural Area. Discover what’s in your backyard — here are some suggestions

Merlin, an app created by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is available free from Google Play and the Apple App Store. The app allows you to quickly see what birds you are likely to see in your area based on the time of year and helps ID birds you may not recognize! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology also has a great list of online resources you can check out. 

If you’re inspired, try checking out some of these digital library resources. Don’t have a library card? Click here to register online!

Feeling really inspired? Download our Backyard Bird Bingo card!

Questions or looking for more reading, watching, or listening recommendations? We’re happy to help! Email us at