Bird watching or birding is the observation of birds as a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, with binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds. Bird watching often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more easily detected and identified by ear than by eye.
Birder: The acceptable term used to describe the person who seriously pursues the hobby of birding. May be professional or amateur.
Birding: A hobby in which individuals enjoy the challenge of bird study, listing, or other general activities involving bird life.
Bird-watcher: A rather ambiguous term used to describe the person who watches birds for any reason at all, and should not be used to refer to the serious birder.
—Birding, Volume 1, No.2
Want to try bird watching but don’t want to invest in binoculars just yet? You can borrow a pair of Eagle Optics Denali Binoculars from the Guelph Public Library.
How to be a better birder by Derek Lovitch
Spot 50 garden birds by Camilla de la Bedoyere
Lost woods by Rachel Carson
The bird watching answer book by Laura Erickson
Don’t forget to also check out the Guelph/Cambridge/KW Birding website for information about birding in and round the Guelph Cambridge and Kitchener Waterloo area.