bird·​er | \ˈbər-dər \

Definition of birder 

1 : a catcher or hunter of birds especially for market

2 : a person who birds

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If dad isn't a birder, pick a bird before heading out, choose a spot to look for it, and place a wager on who sees it first. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Father's Day Gifts Money Can't Buy," 30 May 2018 Winding sylvan trails in the small reserves allow birders to approach these normally elusive birds up close. Bruce M. Beehler, Smithsonian, "Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Days," 16 Apr. 2018 The refuge is home to more than 400 species of birds, 450 types of native plants, and half of the butterflies seen in the U.S., attracting more than 165,000 visitors per year - most of them birders. James F. Mccarty,, "Eco-tourists enjoy Rio Grande Valley as threat of a border wall threatens habitat," 15 Apr. 2018 Last year, hundreds of birders flocked to the coast after a rare Ross’s gull was seen in Pillar Point Harbor. Jill K. Robinson,, "5 places to spot birds in Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 Late June through July is the slowest time of the year on this birder’s calendar. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Bird activity slows this time of year, but it’ll pick up soon," 27 June 2018 Birds of the Photo Ark, with striking portraits of over 250 birds by photographer Joel Sartore and elegant prose from record-setting birder Noah Strycker, is available now at National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 Craggy and gently winding, the coastline runs on, sparsely dotted by sunbathers, birders and leisure fishermen pulling in floppy skates and rays. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 The 70-foot overlook of Lake Michigan is complemented by two other overlooks, and educational exhibits have been upgraded to include new information about the Lake Michigan Bird Flyway, well known among birders. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "The natural and historic charms at Fort Sheridan open to public again," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of birder

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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