The New Wave Birdwatcher
There seems to be no let up in the somewhat unlikely popularity of birdwatching and the language used to describe the activity appears to be evolving.
While some enthusiasts consider themselves ornithologists or twitchers, others are know as birders or simply casual observers of winged creatures. What they all have in common, however, is a strong desire to get close to birds.
“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence – that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.” – Lynne Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother’s Memoir
While the popularity of the activity clearly continues to grow, it appears that the current breed of birdwatcher does not fit the stereotype. The fact that celebrity bird watching fans range from Sir Paul McCartney and Albert Einstein to Prince Philip and Daman Albarn is proof that the hobby knows no boundaries and is continuing to gain followers. An increasing number of people from all walks of life are taking an interest in the science and art of these inspirational creatures.
“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before” Robert Wilson Lynd
A growing awareness of environmental issues, conservation and sustainability, along with an appreciation for the health benefits associated with a close relationship with the natural world have bolstered the craze for birding and encouraged it to spread among a new generation of participants. You don’t need to travel or trek to take part and reap the rewards of this most therapeutic of activities. Entice birds into your garden with a bird feeder or nesting box and spend some time just watching and listening. Learn to be still and allow calm to prevail. The feelings of well-being which can be acquired from observing birdlife are not exclusive to those with gardens, it is possible to create a haven on a small balcony or terrace and you can even watch and enjoy from your window.
The Scandinavian Shop and Birds
Scandinavians have long enjoyed a special relationship with the natural world and a deep respect for the environment. In order to survive the harsh winter months, they have found a way to bring nature into their homes so that wildlife and woodland motifs have become a familiar theme in decorative objects for the home. Unsurprisingly, this is reflected in may of the designs we stock at The Scandinavian Shop, where birds feature prominently in items ranging from birdfeeders to and nesting boxes to glass sculptures and mobiles. It is a great pleasure to share this appreciation for nature with our customers and see a burgeoning spectrum of bird lovers develop.
QDO Birdie Cans
“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty four Variations on Voice