Updated: Apr 1
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boring nickname for binoculars. See "nockies" below. (Want our top bin recommendations? Click here.)
the observation of birds. Birding is the more "extreme" version of this hobby. Birders pursue birds and birdwatching opportunities more readily.
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the observation of birds. Birdwatching is the more casual side of this hobby. Birdwatchers observe birds in a more leisurely fashion. (Learn more about the basics of birdwatching here!)
a bird person that pursues some desired bird.
an aesthetically pleasing bird, often brilliantly colored.
a nickname used by some for Horned Larks that jump in front of your car on an icy road.
#$%!@#$!@#$%^@!#$^. See also "missed the mega."
the first sighting of a species in your lifetime. If you want to commemorate your life birds, check out our Life Bird Stickers! Lifers go onto a birder's life-list.
a bird of maximum rareness. Not to be confused with a grail. A grail is the ultimate of ultimates in the bird world.
the species that brings you great grief in being "ticked."
these are what you will look for a mega through.
to make a sound that summons birds. It also summons strange looks from passerby's. (If you want to try at home, simply say the word.)
used to describe a bird that is an escapee from captivity. Thus, the bird is not "tickable" to some.
the person who holds the eBird fate of your sighting in their hands. However, you can still count the bird even if you did not get a photo. You can tell them to "dip off."
a bird that has likely been ship-assisted. These are likely no eligible for "ticking."
a bird(s) recorded on a checklist that does not fit nicely into a specific category. For example, a Canada/Cackling Goose.
the "spouse of birder". This is an unfortunate position to be in, being pledged to a birder.
the species/individual/moment that triggers your birding/bird watching addiction.
this is an insult. If someone calls you this, set your nockies down because you are about to scrap.
the mark you put on your life list to indicate you've seen a particular species.
a species often overlooked due to its common occurrence. (We need to fix this attitude. Find love in your hearts for European Starlings!) In Australia, often called chooks.
an individual bird that often has an appearance "between" two difficult-to-identify species
a birder who "twitches" or gets ancy thinking about chasing. Twitchers often will chase over long distances.
the pain in your neck from staring into treetops.
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Birding terminology is simply ridiculous. The shorthand used by birdwatchers, birders, and ornithologists is expansive, and this list simply does not do it justice. Check back for more updates in the future!