BIRD WATCH: Size, silhouette and all that slang  


WHEN YOU TRAVEL to different countries or different places in this country, it’s easy to pick up local slang.

After two weeks of birding in England, I began using some of the Brits’ bird-watcher expressions.

A column featuring this trip earned me a call from my editor.

“I don’t recognize the word ‘jizz.’ ”

I thought I had successfully defined it for him, but Bob was adamant.

“You’ll have to change it.”

Bob Mottram was one of my all-time favorite editors. That’s saying something because I’ve had some great ones over the years. I was disappointed I couldn’t get him to change his mind.

That was a few decades ago. Now, jizz is widely recognized among this country’s birders.

To understand its meaning, think of a familiar bird you easily. You recognize it by its jizz.

That’s what you are doing when you say something like, “It looks like — or it acts like a robin.”

When I saw my first “blackbird” in Australia, my instinctive reaction was, “That’s a black robin!” [ . . . }

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