Going slightly back ... to bongari
- Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary
- From the verb bongata (to spot) - Finnish
1. (slang) Someone who spots for hobby or pastime (birds, airplane types, beautiful chicks etc.).
2. A twitcher (birdwatcher)."
(first appeared in 2007)
Olga wrote about the same some time ago (viewtopic.php?p=49962#p49962
Birders use many colorful words, to quote just a few:
Tick, Megatick, Lifer, Crippler, Sibe, LBJ, Twitcher vs Dude vs Birder, Dip out on
Chase (verb) - to go on a (usually long) trip to find a reported rarity or rarities
Dip (or dip out) - missing a rarity after having made the effort to chase it
Elitist - any experienced birder who doesn't believe what you saw
Fake - domesticated or of dubious origin, as in "those are fake ducks on the pond".
LBJ (also LBB) - any small brown, difficult to identify bird (from "little brown job")
Lister - one who obsesses about building his/her lifelist (usually used as a dismissive pejorative)
Nottabird - something that looks like a bird from a distance, but isn't on closer inspection.
Twitch (verb) - to go chasing a rarity
Twitcher - one who regularly goes chasing after rarities
Ugly Gull - any gull (independent of whether it's pretty or not) that presents an ID challenge"
"I think the terms from the UK are far more colorful and interesting than any we have here in the US. - We don't twitch, tick or dip, we chase and miss. See? Not nearly as colorful!" [My impression is that 'twitcher' is used in the US and Australian sites, too]
"Dunnock actually means something (Dun, brown, + -ock, small bird, so Dunnock is the original Little Brown Bird)"
Many alternative bird species names
Plastic - adjective used to describe a bird that has escaped from captivity.
Blocker - a rare bird that has not occurred for many years so that long-standing twitchers have it on their lists, but younger ones are effectively "blocked" from getting it onto theirs. In Britain a classic example is MacQueen's Bustard (last record 1962).
Two-bird theory - A face-saving device. You see a bird and identify it as something rare. Someone else twitches it and re-identifies it as something very similar, but common. Rather than admit you got it wrong, you resolutely maintain you were right and that there were actually two birds present: the rare one and the common one.
Woodbird - the progenitor of Polyethylene Bird, Aluminum Can Bird, Black Garbage-bag Bird, Dead Leaf Bird, etc.
Nearly bird - one of those annoying objects, usually on telegraph poles, that resembles an owl
Camera dancer - a particularly obliging bird photographically
Wire climber or fence hopper - an Escapee
Sorry, came to be a rather long post.