We are going over various types of hikers that we meet along the trail when out enjoying nature and today we are featuring the Birder Hiker.
The Birder Hikers, similar to their study matter, are quiet and can be hard to identify at first glance. In fact sometimes they are the smarter version of the Free Range Hiker and if that is the case can be one of the most elusive hikers on the trail. For obvious reasons, the Birder Hiker has to take long pauses in their hikes to bust out the binoculars and must stay very quiet (so as not to scare the birds). If you are either a Free Range Hiker or a Hippie Hiker, you may run into the Birder Hiker more frequently than others and if you do, it is best that you just stay quiet around them and try to just leave them alone. Perhaps you could pull out your Rugged or Classic Tarpestry and share some quiet bird watching space together. Sometimes teamwork makes the dreamwork.
One of my favorite hikers to find and engage with if they are willing, the Birder Hiker is the intellect of the hiking species and most likely is a wealth of knowledge not easily accessed. Along with birds, they will probably know plant types, tree types, have some foraging knowledge and perhaps know about the history of the area as well. Certainly the will know weather and climate patterns to the local area and could probably engage in some sort of philosophical banter if prompted. Elusive and hard to engage with, the Birder Hiker is rare and pleasant to come across on the trail and if you can befriend one it could open up your eyes to nature even more!