Friday, May 31, 2002


Online Bird Journals and Other References - Number 16

Bird On! Bird Dictionary. This authoritative dictionary of birdwatching terminology, with full search and cross-reference facilities, includes the complete text of Peter Weaver's The Birdwatcher's Dictionary, published by A & T D. Poyser Ltd. The terminology is, not surprisingly, decidedly British. Thus, there is a definition for twitcher (a common British term), but searches for birder and lister (both common terms in the U.S.) simply refer back to the definition for twitcher. But regardless, the dictionary makes for some interesting reading. One discovers. for example, that loomery is a term used to describe a colony of Guillemots (a species known as the Common Murres in the U.S.).

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