Birding Lingo

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Every hobby has its own slang and unique terms.  Birding has more than most.  I thought it would be fun to share some I use or like:

Terms I commonly use:
  • BINS (or Binos): Binoculars.
  • Butter Butt: Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • CBC: Christmas Bird Count
  • LBJ: Little Brown Job – Any small, brownish bird that you have not been able to identify is often referred to as a LBJ. Many LBJ’s are sparrows, as the female or immature sparrows can be difficult to identify, even for the experts.
  • LIFER (or Life Bird): A bird species you have never seen before in your life. A lifer allows a birdwatcher to add a tick to their life list.
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