bird·​er | \ ˈbər-dər How to pronounce birder (audio) \

Definition of birder

1 : a person who observes or identifies wild birds in their habitats
2 : a catcher or hunter of birds especially for market

Examples of birder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But to a perceptive birder like Gibson, the neighborhood pond is an expanse of new birds. Anchorage Daily News, "Songbirds, waterfowl, raptors and more: Birding opportunities take flight as the snow melts in Anchorage," 24 Apr. 2021 Instead of trekking into the forests of Canada, a birder can fly into the Duluth airport and within an hour be in the old-growth tamarack and black spruce bogs, which the owls favor. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "For American birders seeking rare owls, Minnesota in winter is a hot destination," 31 Mar. 2021 Learning the voices of birds is a challenge, said Peter Alden, naturalist, birder, and author from Spark Birding, a bird-watching organization founded by Alden and his colleague, Chris Bensley, based in Sandwich, N.H., "Birds perform a springtime symphony. Can you identify them by their songs?," 23 Apr. 2021 In New York, author Christian Cooper — the Black Central Park birder who famously had police called on him by a White woman after asking her to leash her dog — is making D.C. statehood a central tenet of his racial justice activism. Washington Post, "In faraway state houses, a battle brews over making D.C. the 51st state," 26 Feb. 2021 Sally Brockett, a local gardener, birder, and member of the Daytime Gardeners of North Haven, will present tips on attracting hummingbirds to your yard and will share her experiences with hummingbirds and backyard birding., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 26 Feb. 2021 Here is a perfect gift for the birder on your holiday list. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "2021 daily planner a great gift for birders," 15 Dec. 2020 Even an experienced birder will find a study of these migrants a challenge. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Birds might migrate at different times, but survival is common thread," 10 Sep. 2020 Eisen, an avid birder, likens this database to a first draft of a field guide for Earth’s undomesticated microbes. Monique Brouillette, Wired, "A New Field Guide for Earth’s Wild Microbes," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of birder

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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8 May 2021

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“Birder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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