What does this mean?

To: "Jennie Towan" <>, "Birding Australia" <>
Subject: What does this mean?
From: "Bob Cook" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2004 16:18:07 +1100
Hi Michael & Jennie
As a brief start, some of the terms asked about and my understanding of them.
Tick - "ticking" off a new bird for a birdwatcher, it may be the first time ever seen, or the first time in a State, e.g., if one is keeping a State by State list, or it may be first time for one's own area or property.  The rules for recording a Tick are up to the individual.  For eaxmple, some will only tick if they actually see the bird, while others may "tick" if they hear the call and are sure they have identified it correctly. 
Twitcher - a birdwatcher who places a lot of emphasis on ticking off as many birds as possible.  Usually looked down on by some more "purist" bird enthusiasts.  Remember that birders may be Scientists, photographers, nature lovers, conservationists, Twitchers and/or casual observers.  Each and every one appreciates birds in their own way and each is of equal value - no argument!!!
Jizz - the general all-round behaviour and appearance of a bird.  It may include shape, size, flying pattern, group or individual behaviour, perching and feeding style and more.  With more experience, the jizz of a bird can identify it as easily as colour, markings, call, etc.
I am sure other contributors can add to this list if you ask specific questions.
Regards and welcome
Bob Cook
North West Victoria
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From: [On Behalf Of Jennie Towan
Sent: Sunday, 4 January 2004 9:43 AM
To: Birding Australia
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] What does this mean?

Hi all
I'm waiting for someone to answer Michael's query re birding jargon - being also new at this game, I am not up with the jargon either.  Then I thought, maybe people have just replied straight to him - which won't help ME!  Would it be OK to ask for a basic list of 'bird words' to help us newbies?  Some kind person out there?  I've checked the Birding-Aus homepage archives etc. but nothing helpful (to me).  Cheers, in anticipation, Jennie Towan
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