Jo UK wrote:
I have just been reading about "twitchers" in UK, who rushed off to see a rare bird. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8323930.stm
I don't think Americans use the word twitcher. I think most serious birders would know it, but I do not know what word we do use.
We have rare bird alerts -- email notices about rare bird sightings. I am not finding a word other than "serious birder."Armed Combat
Serious birders will battle to the ends of the earth to build up their lists
"Over there!" Off they galloped.
"Oops, it flew. Over there!" The mob reversed direction.
An incensed farmer appeared. "Off my pasture!" he shouted, waving his arms and flushing the bird.
Who are these people? What makes them behave so oddly? They are from all over the U.S., and they flew across the country or drove for days and then elbowed aside the husbandman, pushing their way forward in order to add the Northern Lapwing to their (life) (world) (North American) ( U.S.) ( New York) ( Long Island) lists. This is power bird-watching, and it has turned a once genteel pastime into a highly competitive sport.
In another, more innocent era, bird-watching was the eccentric enthusiasm of silver-haired Auduboners on annuities and the subject of wry little "Talk of the Town" items in The New Yorker. No more. Bird-watching has turned into hireling, a macho game that requires skill, experience, time, money and passion, a high-tech sport with the entire globe for a playing field.http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/ ... /index.htm
It made me giggle and it does show the use of serious birder ;-)