Every wide-awake person should be interested in birds. Their interesting
ways, delightful colors, and charming songs make them loved by all.
Besides these inducements for bird study, sufficient as they are, many
other are held out to the enthusiastic bird student.
A very important reward for the bird observer is the training in
observation and keen vision. One who is interested in birds and used to
their ways will often see birds th.t are unnoticed by one who has never
cultivated this ability, recognizing by a flash of color, a peculiarity in
flight, a momentary glimpse of a darting form, a rustle in the grass, or
a note from the hidden depths of a thicket, the presence of a feathered
friend that to others is non-existant.
One who studies birds will also receive splendid training in patience,
for hasty and bungling actions will very effectively prevent successful bird
study. To see birds at their best one must chcose, in the early morning
or the cool of the evening a spot frequented by birds and then quietly
wait for them to show themselves. Birds are full of curiosity, so that
if one flies into a thicket it will be almost sure to reappear if the
observer can restrain its impatience and remain still. We must allow the
birds to present themselves to us rather than try to force ourselves upon
Aesthetics aside, birds have an undeniable economic value for every nation on earth during the
growing season of crops, because of the injurious insects that they de-
stroyed. When we realize injurious insects take at least ten per-
cent of each agricultural crop, the importance of birds is plain.
has at present large number of birds to protect its crops against the
swarms of insects that would destroy them. The protection of its avian
resources should be at the forefront of any “developed” country’s agenda.
Let all who are interested in outdoor life, then, take up the study
of birds. Not only will it add to the economic resources of the country,
but it will bring joy to the bird lover.