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Acros and Acronyms- birding terms explained! - beginning birders

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Old Saturday 24th February 2007, 16:18   #51
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Mong - Norwich colloquial - used to address the less than experienced type that races about everywhere - The mongs spannered the Bean Goose.
That's a very interesting one! In Dutch a similar term (which is originally derived from cycle-racing) is used for twitchers that turn up after a few days (and also -rarely- for seabirds that are seen a day after an influx). Makes me wonder if it's a Dutch loan...
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Old Saturday 24th February 2007, 16:58   #52
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You don't seem to hear so much about LBJs as when I started birding - probably because people are better at IDing the little brown jobs these days.
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Old Tuesday 27th February 2007, 17:47   #53
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Jizz - The general demeanour, behaviour and "aura" of a bird, that can be a useful aid in distinguishing between similar species. Can be hard to explain to others who aren't familiar with the species. Probably not one to use among non-birders in the UK, where "jizz" is slang for semen - ie "I knew it was a tree pipit not a meadow pipit - to me its jizz felt completely different".

Yuck Duck - A hybrid of a wild duck (usually a mallard) and a domestic breed. These, as well as not being aesthetically pleasing, can lead to wasted peering through scopes at bizarre plumage, and waste lake space that could be otherwise filled with tickable birds
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Old Tuesday 27th February 2007, 21:40   #54
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Local patch worker- person who confines their main birding activity to their local area, often quite small such as a single reservoir, clifftop area, nature reserve etc
Description is fine, but "worker" sounds a bit odd to me. Local patch birder is one possible alternative.

BOU - British Ornithologists' Union
BOURC - British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee

Perhaps someone could add "wreck" and "UK400"?
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Old Wednesday 28th February 2007, 07:43   #55
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That's a very interesting one! In Dutch a similar term (which is originally derived from cycle-racing) is used for twitchers that turn up after a few days (and also -rarely- for seabirds that are seen a day after an influx). Makes me wonder if it's a Dutch loan...

I have a suspicion it has more to do with the old pejorative for a Down's Syndrome sufferer, so Mong = a downy bird - perhaps not....oh, please yourselves.

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Old Wednesday 28th February 2007, 10:01   #56
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Pishing: making psshh psshh psshh sounds in order to attract little birds. Others kiss the back of your hand for the best effect, or make clicking or squeeky sounds... Depending on the bird you'll arouse its curiosity, leave it indifferent, or drive it away.
Wreck: a sudden appearance of large numbers of (often moribund) seabirds. Examples are Leach's Petrel, Little Auk and (in the southern hemisphere) Prions.
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Old Wednesday 28th February 2007, 10:19   #57
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Pishing: making psshh psshh psshh sounds in order to attract little birds. Others kiss the back of your hand for the best effect, or make clicking or squeeky sounds... Depending on the bird you'll arouse its curiosity, leave it indifferent, or drive it away.
this one is worth a thread on its own... in fact I bet there is one.
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Old Wednesday 28th February 2007, 11:36   #58
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Yes here it is: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=18095
Exhaustively detailed post!
And another one mentioning yet another technique: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=59963
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Vis-mig - visible migration; hence vis-migging: watching visible migration (of land birds). If your watching (migrating) seabirds from the coast, you're seawatching – if you take a ship out to sea to do the same, it's a pelagic (trip).
When we used to watch/monitor the wader migration at Broome we'd refer to it as Migwatch (Migration watch).

In Australia if you hear someone mention an OBP they're talking about an Orange-bellied Parrot (or if you're a certain Victorian politician you'd call it a "Trumped Up Corella").

Squeaker - an Audubon Bird Caller. A small, red device that allows you to make sounds that possibly call up birds, without suffering the potential embarrasment that pishing with lips and hands requires. Some skilled squeaker users can accurately replicate the calls of quite a few little bush birds. They are also great for annoying housemates.

LBC - Little Black Cormorant
LPC - Little Pied Cormorant
BFCS - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Cranky Fan - Grey Fantail

Junk bird - A bird so common as to be "worthless" on a lifelist. For example a Rock Dove or a Silver Gull.
Crippling view - A very good look at a bird.
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Old Wednesday 5th March 2008, 11:43   #63
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I have heard a rude one:

CMF - Cosmic Mind F***er for a really superb bird, usually a very rare vagrant. I think our American friends have a much politer one, with the same meaning: Cosmic Mind Blower. Of course, I'd only use the polite one.
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I think our American friends have a much politer one, with the same meaning
Kenn Kaufman's guide uses "cosmic mind-bender" for this. My favorite is the Bermuda record of Siberian Flycatcher...
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This is too funny and worth a regular visit...
Please keep it up...

But has anyone else seen a Buff-breasted Tanner while scoping for peeps?
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In Australia if you hear someone mention an OBP they're talking about an Orange-bellied Parrot (or if you're a certain Victorian politician you'd call it a "Trumped Up Corella").

Junk bird - A bird so common as to be "worthless" on a lifelist. For example a Rock Dove or a Silver Gull.
Crippling view - A very good look at a bird.
In UK an OBP is an Olive-backed Pipit. I suspect not as spectacular a bird as your OBP.

Your junk birds become trash birds or dirt birds over here. Naturally twitchers tend to move birds towards trash a little early - Cattle Egret is the new trash just now I suspect - or they may become tarts (i.e. too easily available....)

Crippling views we do have - turning aside for a sec, having just read Sean Dooley's book I was impressed with how similar British and Australian birding jargon is. Much more so than British and American. Even quite common things can give crippling views but a good looking rarity is a crippler.

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Some truly horrible terms here, the worst being Gropper, Mipit, Sprawk etc

Please stop it!
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Has anyone mentioned Oyks for Oystercatchers?
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Few more here....
Sprosser – (n) Old (germanic?) name for Thrush Nightingale - still in some usage
Irania - (n) Old (and latin) name for White-throated Robin
Whoring it – (v) Showing very well to large numbers of people
Dross – (n) Common birds (as junk birds)
Nobbers – (n) Derogatory term for dudes
Chumped – (v) As spannered
Ropey – (adj) As stringy
WP – (n) Western Palearctic
Giga – (n) Very rare mega – newish term
Gash – (adj) Rubbish, terrible
Snided – Full, overcrowded E.g. Titchwell was snided with dudes.
Wick – (adj) Full (yorkshire coloquialism?) E.g. Sprun was wick with Goldcrests
Finn-sticks - (n) Those odd-looking poles that people balance their binoculars on (mainly used in Scandinavia)

Re: Mongs – I reckon the theory of dutch lineage of this could be right – I’ve only ever heard it said by fairly well-travelled world birders.
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Pink Stink - Adult Rosy Starling (previously known as Rose-coloured Starling)

Fawn Yawn - Imm/1st winter Rosy Starling.

Not totally sure the reasoning behind the derogatory nature of the nicknames. Probably because they're considered to be Tarts Ticks. .
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Few more here....
Sprosser – (n) Old (germanic?) name for Thrush Nightingale - still in some usage
Irania - (n) Old (and latin) name for White-throated Robin
Whoring it – (v) Showing very well to large numbers of people
Dross – (n) Common birds (as junk birds)
Nobbers – (n) Derogatory term for dudes
Chumped – (v) As spannered
Ropey – (adj) As stringy
WP – (n) Western Palearctic
Giga – (n) Very rare mega – newish term
Gash – (adj) Rubbish, terrible
Snided – Full, overcrowded E.g. Titchwell was snided with dudes.
Wick – (adj) Full (yorkshire coloquialism?) E.g. Sprun was wick with Goldcrests
Finn-sticks - (n) Those odd-looking poles that people balance their binoculars on (mainly used in Scandinavia)

Re: Mongs – I reckon the theory of dutch lineage of this could be right – I’ve only ever heard it said by fairly well-travelled world birders.
Have to disagree on Mongs, sadly it has been common usage at schoolkid level for those afflicted with Down's syndrome (i.e. Mongols to the unkind) for over forty years. Transfer to birding usage is obvious.

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Jizz - The general demeanour, behaviour and "aura" of a bird, that can be a useful aid in distinguishing between similar species. Can be hard to explain to others who aren't familiar with the species. Probably not one to use among non-birders in the UK, where "jizz" is slang for semen - ie "I knew it was a tree pipit not a meadow pipit - to me its jizz felt completely different".

Surely spelt GISS, as in General Impressions Size & Shape?
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