bird-watch·​er ˈbərd-ˌwä-chər How to pronounce bird-watcher (audio)

Examples of bird-watcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sanchez, a 41-year-old middle-school band director from Vancouver, Wash., recently picked up photography and, by his account, is by no means a bird-watcher. Emma Bowman, NPR, 3 May 2024 The movie revolves around three bird-watchers who travel throughout North America and compete to spot the greatest number of bird species in a year. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2024 Last year’s count totaled more than 147,000 checklists submitted from amateur bird-watchers in more than 100 countries. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Located in the heart of a nature reserve that had been witnessing a tourism revival, Beit Jann normally sees thousands of weekend visitors: bird-watchers, backpackers, and couples looking for a romantic getaway in one of its dozens of guesthouses. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Jan. 2024 Is the Harvard plagiarism story simply not as pressing or newsworthy as, say, a negative interaction between a dog-walker and a bird-watcher in Central Park? Becket Adams, National Review, 17 Dec. 2023 With a brisk, hobbling stride, Stan Herman trotted past bird-watchers and leaf-peepers in Central Park the other day. Bob Morris, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 The arrival of warblers, vireos and other colorful birds last week has excited Britain’s twitching community — enthusiastic bird-watchers who will travel long distances to view new or unusual species. Derrick Bryson Taylor, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Birds that were once rare in New York City have been making more frequent appearances in recent years, to the thrill of local bird-watchers. Lola Fadulu, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bird-watcher was in 1803

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“Bird-watcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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: an observer of wild birds
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