Tina is right but sometimes we are both, first a twitcher and then a bird watcher. I may start just identifying the bird but then want to learn more about it. What is it's song? Why is it here in this location, at this time of year? Where is it going? What does it eat? Does it have a nest nearby? That's when I usually become a bird watcher and this usually happens in my local patch with lots of return visits. On my family vacations I just don't have the time to linger. return or study them as much.
Birding takes lots of practice. 50 bird songs memorized per year doesn't sound too bad for me.
Last edited by buckskin hawk : Wednesday 19th October 2005 at 15:43.