Where to Find Birds?
Outside the city, there are no restrictions on where you should look to find birds. All ecosystems have birds that frequent them: swamps, fields, forests, lakes and the open sky. Though you will find birds in all these places, you won't find all kinds of birds just anywhere.
Find a Bird
Around Bodies of Water
You don't need a boat to watch water birds. Though there are some bird species that prefer open water, most spend their time along the shore. If you're looking for ducks, you'd be surprised how small a body of water is sufficient for a duck. Even large puddles by the side of the road are attractive to a duck (or pair of ducks). Geese, ducks, herons, storks, and gulls are all found around water. If you live in the right climate, you might even see a flamingo or two.
Forests can be home to a multitude of bird species, but you will need a good eye to spot them among all the branches and leaves. There are far too many species to list that can be seen in a forested area. Not only do you need to watch the trees, but many bird species prefer to spend their time on the ground. Rustling in the leaves isn't necessarily a squirrel. Robins will dig through fallen leaves, as will quail, doves, and pheasant.
An open field area offers unobstructed bird watching opportunities. Watch places that offer high perching spots, like shrubs, fence posts, or fallen trees. Sparrows, wrens and meadowlarks like grassy fields, and also frequent the wooded areas along the edges of these open spaces.
And don't forget your own backyard. You don't have to go hiking in order to go birding. A well-kept bird feeder or birdbath in your garden can attract a large number of birds right to your doorstep.