Beginning birdwatchers face many frustrations: birds, it seems, are constantly in motion, taking flight before the fledgling birder can turn to a photograph or drawing that might help pinpoint its identification. The experienced birdwatcher, Edward Cronin writes in this friendly manual, is by contrast able to identify a dozen species in a few seconds, which compounds the beginner's lack of self-confidence. Never fear, Cronin reassures us: The "magician's trick of rapidly identifying species is, in truth, based on a logical procedure that anyone can master.
A scientist might call it an oviparous vertebrate. It could be a lifer for a
twitcher, or a control for a ringer. It might be drumming or jugging, ina trip
or a wisp. You could split it, dip out on it, or even cause it to explode. It is,
of course, a bird.
Birdwatchers' language is a mixture of science and slang. You might well
hear nictitating membrane and marsh cowboymentioned in almost the same
breath. If you read about or talk about birds you are bound to meet
expressions like these, but discovering their precise meanings can be
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