For those of us who like to spend as much time as we can quietly stalking and watching other creatures, we may find that its impossible to do so with your fellow human beings. Birds however, being infinitely smaller and unaware of the forces that follow and watch them are perfect for backyard viewing.

There are some basic rules and procedures to make your back yard bird watching sessions as enjoyable as possible. Birds are surprisingly predictable creatures, not unlike you or me. You find a place where theres ample food, water, and sunlight and one will surely find its way there eventually. Finding a nearby spot to stake out the eventual arrival of your fine feathered friend is as easy as a hollow beside a tree or a well-groomed pad behind an untrimmed hedge.

Once youve found your quiet, empty place to hide, in which youre sitting quietly, not making any loud sounds, and most assuredly wearing something not too bright, youre ready to stalk some birds. One tip thats been offered a few times is the old switcheroo routine. Birds arent quite able of adding past one or so. If you set up a nice alcove or box within which you can hide and watch your birds feeding you can trick them into thinking youre not really there.

Simply supply food in a bird feeder every day. As soon as you walk away, your subject will fly in and take the offered food. Now, take a friend with you and quickly hide inside your box, or alcove, or whatever enclosed area you choose, and have that friend walk away. The bird should be sufficiently fooled by your trick and fly in for the food, leaving you within prime viewing distance to watch him feed. Another common stalking trick is to make bird-like noises, a kind of squeak or hiss. Known as splishing, the sound will occasionally draw a bird near, intrigued by your attempt at its language. While this doesnt always work, its very successful when it does.

The art of bird stalking starts on a very simple level with the wits and know how to outthink a bird and make them think theyre safe in your presence long enough for you to watch them. Once you get started you find there are hundreds of little aspects of how birds think and act that you can learn from and eventually exploit to get a better view.