What is a Twitcher?
Frequently Asked Questions about Birding #3
What is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“twitcherÃ¢â‚¬Â?
Someone who is prepared to travel great distances or go to great effort or expense in order to see birds, often just a single bird, that they have never seen before so that it can be marked on their list of birds seen (called a Ã¢â‚¬Å“tickÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“liferÃ¢â‚¬Â). The word Ã¢â‚¬ËœtwitcherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ might have originated from their propensity to develop a nervous twitch until the rare or desired bird has been ticked off their list.
In Australia, probably the most famous “twitcher” is Sean Dooley who went on a twitch for a full year in an attempt to record the most species in Australia in a calendar year. His amazing exploits are celebrated in his book called “The Big Twitch.”