- bird-watcher you are a rather ambiguous person who watches birds for any reason at all. You probably have a bird blind and watch the birds whether it is sun or rain, (or is that rain or shine). You even watch the eggs hatch.
- Birding is the sport/hobby where someone can enjoy the challenge of watching, studying, keeping a list, and more of the birds lives.
- A birder can be an amateur or professional but they are simply someone who seriously pursues sport/hobby of birding.
Then there is twitching which is a British term used to mean "the pursuit of a previously-located rare bird." In North America it is usually simply called "chasing".
Twitchers have their own vocabulary. For example, a twitcher who fails to see a bird has dipped out; if other twitchers see the bird, he may feel gripped off. Suppression is the act of concealing a rare bird from other twitchers.
Of course there is feeding, feeders, birdbaths and much more which will all be discussed in future posts.
Whichever you are - leave a comment and let us know. Do not leave us in suspense.