Bird watching is a lot more than just a hobby. Many loyal bird watchers team up with naturalists to understand more about the habits of birds, migration, increases and declines in populations, and mating rituals carried out by birds. A bird watcher who has several bird feeders in his yard not only enjoys the birds that frequent his feeders he also is taking detailed notes about the species, sex, and many different details to send the report to naturalists who study avian habits.
You could actually call these people professional bird watchers because they perform a service that is extremely important in nature. They, the bird watchers, will employ many different items to help lure more birds to their property. Some of the items bird watchers will use are:
* Bird baths: These will generally be placed near feeding areas and are placed in a purposeful line of view of the bird watcher. Birds will often do mating dances and such while using the birdbath.
* Bird houses: Different species of birds will nest completely different than others. Specialized houses that are built for certain bird species, such as purple martin houses, lure this breed of bird to the bird watchers location.
* Hummingbird bird feeders: These feeders don't hold seeds; they hold nectar or sugar water. Hummingbirds are very well known for returning to the same feeding grounds every season. Hummingbird feeders that are kept clean and full of fresh nectar will attract up to twenty hummingbirds at a time. Most bird watchers have at least four hummingbird feeders around their property.
* Window bird feeders: Bird watchers will use these types of feeders to try to get a closer look at the birds coming to feed. This is especially helpful if the watcher is trying to get a picture of a particular bird.
* Butterfly houses: Most avid bird watchers who have bird feeders and bird houses almost always have butterfly houses as well. These are set out to attract butterflies and just add to the beauty of the yard.
* Wind chimes: Bird watchers will have wind chimes of different styles with different tones, which are said to help calm the birds.
* Bat houses: These are not extremely common for most bird watchers but some will install bat houses to lure the bats in. The significance in having bats around is because one small brown bat can eat thousands of mosquitoes in an hour. If the bird watcher lives near a body of water such as a small pond, having bat houses around helps cut down on the mosquito population.
* Bird watching binoculars: These are an important tool to the bird watcher because some birds look a great deal alike with very subtle differences. The bird watcher needs the use of the binoculars in order to tell the difference between the two species of birds. Some binoculars come with a built in digital camera that comes in very handy for up close shots.
The valuable service that professional bird watcher perform is extremely important to the study of migration. If science can understand why and when birds migrate and to where they migrate this can give science a lot of useful information that can be used to determine weather patterns and other important data.
Whether a bird watcher is making detailed reports for naturalists or just watching birds for the beauty of it, one thing's for sure: a bird watcher loves birds. Blue birds to black birds, bird feeders to birdhouses; a bird watcher is a bird's best friend.
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