history of the term "birdwatching"

Subject: history of the term "birdwatching"
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:12:33 +1000
The Australian Digital Newspaper Archive has no record of "birdwatcher",
"birdwatching" or "bird-watching" until about 1904. I found quite a few
records during the 1890s for the search "birdwatcher"  - but these all
turned out to be OCR misreadings of the name of a racehorse, Birdcatcher!

>From 1904, articles about bird-watching appeared quite regularly in
various newspapers.


On Tue, September 27, 2011 1:04 pm, Andrew Taylor wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 03:30:20AM +0930, Denise Goodfellow wrote:
>> Good morning all
>> ³Birdwatching², according to Wikipedia was a term first used in 1918,
>> but I
>> cannot find an original reference.  Does anybody out there know?
> The phrase "bird watching" appears to have had little or no use in print
> until  Edmund Selous's 1901 book of that title.
> Andrew
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