This article is from the Birds FAQ, by Lanny Chambers with numerous contributions by others.
There may be a "bird-finding guide" for the area you wish to visit.
Bird-finding guides are books that cover the birdlife of an area in
detail; they include discussions of promising sites, maps and directions,
and indications of birds' seasonal abundance. The American Birding
Association offers by mail order an enormous selection of these books,
covering both North America and elsewhere, and their service is quite
prompt. See section 2.4 for information on how to reach them.
Please post your request as well to rec.birds. Locals (and recent
visitors to the same area) may be able to give you up-to-the-minute
information, and you might even find people to go birding with when
Many traveling birders write trip reports for the benefit of others.
There are several sources of archived trip reports on the world-wide web:
Lisa Bryan's North and Central American trip report archive:
Urs Geiser's archive of mainly Old World trip reports:
Archive of trip reports posted to BIRDCHAT and BIRDTRIP:
Trip reports posted to the mailing list EuroBirdNet:
Worldtwitch (tm), a repository of recent sightings and searches for
rare birds around the world:
Finally, Tina McDonalds armchair traveler's birding web site, "Where do
you want to go Birding Today?", has many useful links, grouped by
and worldwide coverage: