from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bird watcher.
- n. A breeder of birds.
- n. A hunter of birds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a birdwatcher
- n. a person who hunts birds
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A birdcatcher.
- n. a birdwatcher.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird-catcher; a fowler.
- n. One who breeds birds.
- n. A local English name of the wild cat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who identifies and studies birds in their natural habitats
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Well, over the years, I have grown more comfortable with the word birder, and have even come to consider myself one, but I still think that there's much more to birding than simply ticking off species on a checklist.
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary 2002, the word birder is a noun dating from the 15th century.
Merriam-Webster Online (which suggests that bird watcher be hyphenated) dates its origin to 1905 but does not provide a definition, considering it to be synonymous with its second meaning for the word birder (i.e., a person who birds).
In my mind, I associated the word birder with bird lister, someone who's interest was primarily in compiling lists of the birds he or she had seen in a particular year, State, or country.
Best known as a birder's paradise, Borolos also hides a hint of history in its serene setting.
Now I - and I suspect many of you - consider myself a "birder" albeit a casual one.
I became an avid shell collector and bird watcher (that was before the term "birder" was coined), and I still enjoy these hobbies.
I’m a lesser birder, which is to say I love seeing birds and even learning more about them, but I’m mostly here to stare open-mouthed at the beauty of the world.
While I don't consider myself a full-fledged "birder," I do have a keen interest in knowing about the ones that come to my yard, as well as those that I see while hiking here in Colorado.
An oddball "birder" friend of mine (suddenly she was a genius) off-handedly identified the animal as a wood thrush.