Category Archives: Birdwatching

Birdwatching or birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or through a visual enhancement device like binoculars. Birding often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more readily detected and identified by ear than by eye. Most birdwatchers pursue this activity mainly for recreational or social reasons, unlike ornithologists, who engage in the study of birds using more formal scientific methods.

About The Term Twitching

Twitching is a British term, meaning “the observation of a previously located rare bird”. In North America, this is often called chasing. The goal of twitching is often to accumulate species on one’s lists. Some birders engage in competition with one another to accumulate the longest species list. The act of the pursuit itself is referred to as… Read More »

Statistics

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: During 2006, 71 million U.S. residents, 31 percent (31%) of the U.S. population 16 years old and older, participated in wildlife-watching activities. Of all the wildlife in the United States, birds attracted the biggest following. Approximately 47.7 million people observed birds around the home and on trips in 2006.  … Read More »