BirdNote; Birdwatcher Lingo
This is BirdNote.
Birds communicate with each other in the most enchanting ways.
Birdwatchers also have their own way of saying things. Say you’re birding and you hear this,
[song of a House Wren]
A birder might say, “Aww, another LBB.” That’s short for “little brown bird.” It’s a bird that’s small, brown, and common… and sometimes… impossible to figure out.
[song of a House Wren]
Ah, of course! It’s a lovely little House Wren.
What do you think a birder might say when she hears this?
[whistle of a Snowy Owl]
If it’s a first-in-a-lifetime sighting, you might call this Snowy Owl a lifer.
And if you saw it in a field in New Jersey—[whistle] it’d be a vagrant - someone who doesn’t belong ‘round these parts.
There’s also slang for different species. Peeps? Sandpipers.
Can you guess what a “butterbutt” is?
[short song of a Yellow-rumped Warbler]
It’s a Yellow-rumped Warbler! The “butterbutt” is for the bright yellow patch above its tail feathers.
Birders love to share, so don’t feel like you have to know everything. Just ask somebody with binoculars! There’s always more to learn about birds.
Until next time, I’m Mary McCann.
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- People who watch birds have developed nicknames and a whole lingo to talk about the birds they love. But don’t feel like you have to know everything – or anything! Birders love to share. Peeps are sandpipers. Can you guess what butterbutts are? Listen to today’s episode and find out!
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