Every species of bird needs water. So, if you're trying to watch birds, but you're not sure where to go, look for a body of water! Any body of water will do, like a river or a lake, but wetlands are best of all. Wetlands are basically marshes. They attract huge amounts of birds. Right now, there are all kinds of birds migrating south, and they love to stop at wetlands to rest and refuel. These are just a few of the birds that are taking advantage of my local wetlands.
Like I said, these are just a few of the wetland species you can find in California. There are plenty more to see. And, if you live outside of California, you might have totally different kinds of birds. So, go out there! Do a quick google search to find a wetland near you. There's probably one right outside of your city. Some key words you might want to try searching are “Wildlife Refuge,” “Wildlife Area,” or “City of ______ Wetlands.” Don't be scared if you find some “Wastewater Treatment Plant Wetlands.” Yes, that does mean that the water around you is treated sewage water. But, I can assure you that it's clean, and it doesn't smell at all. Most importantly, the birds like these wetlands just as much as they like any of the other kinds.
Fall migration is the perfect time to go birding, and it'll be over before you know it. Don't let this chance slip away. Grab some binoculars, and start looking. Good luck! Have fun!