God created bird watching. I sincerely believe that. Why? I think the Bible shows us so. Genesis 1-2 describes how the world was created in multiple ways. There are a vast number of interpretations of these verses. However, as a bird watcher, I have developed my own mental picture of this incredible event. My first study on this subject is from the first chapter of Genesis, with a few details from chapter two.
He created fowls on the fifth day, according to Genesis 1:20. On the same day he saw that these new creations were good, and he blessed them and told them to multiply. Before this God had already made the heaven and the earth, light and darkness, dry land and sea. He had made grass, herbs and trees. The sun, moon and stars had been hung with care. Now a livable environment was in place for these new creatures. There was food and water and shelter for them. All of this had sprung from a formless earth and deep darkness, all in five days. Only God knows how long those days may have been.
What fun the birds must have had that day, and the next, as they tested their wings and their voices. They must have fluttered from tree to tree, testing the fruits and finding places to nest. They had a whole new world to play in. Mist came up to water the earth, according to Genesis 2:5, until God later made rain. Picture how birds must have reveled in that first massive fountain, as they do today in my sprinkler!
Two days later, God created man and woman. Then he blessed them and gave them dominion over the earth he had made, including the fowl of the air. He was pleased with them. Genesis chapter one has so far sketched some basics of Gods creation. So man and woman were on the earth, working to gather their food and continue Gods plan for growing food for themselves. It was a simple life of work and play. I can easily see how birdwatching fit into it. These first people had time to watch the new world around them, and that included the fowl which they were to care for. They may have laid on their backs and watched lazy clouds and pointed out birds flying above. There was ample opportunity to watch birds as they explored their new forests and meadows and lakes. In the worlds first, great garden they had even better opportunities for birdwatching. That is how I believe God created the hobby, for our pleasure and as a way to delight in his creation. I certainly enjoy it!