One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that twitches.
- ‘The nail-biter, hair-twirler, foot-tapper, chain-smoker, or twitcher rarely gets past one interview.’
- ‘Turns out I'm a big twitcher, too, and this may explain why the dog has stopped sleeping in our bed.’
2British informal A birdwatcher whose main aim is to collect sightings of rare birds.
- ‘And a steady stream of twitchers, from all across the North West, made the journey after news of the birds' arrival was posted on a birdwatchers' website.’
- ‘These days the town services twitchers, ramblers, anglers and golfers.’
- ‘I stand to be corrected by any twitchers among my readership but I thought that cacophony didn't occur in the middle of winter, so is this another effect of global warming?’
- ‘It's amazing what those twitchers can spot in the parched outback in Winter.’
- ‘Its mud-flats, sand dunes and salt marshes attract an array of unusual birds, which accounts for the number of twitchers with binoculars and long-lens cameras on the island.’
- ‘But when you arrive, what you find is a gem of an island that is a Mecca for yachties and twitchers, but which is seriously overlooked by ordinary tourists like me.’
- ‘And with a record 1,762 Whooper's swans coming to dine on grain and potatoes and bask in higher temperatures, the spectacular visitors are causing twitchers ' hearts to race.’
- ‘He contacted the British Ornithological Society and up to 70 twitchers from all over the north west descended with cameras and binoculars for a glimpse.’
- ‘Botanists, twitchers and wildlife-watchers in Scotland say last week's record-breaking heatwave fooled numerous species into believing winter had already passed.’
- ‘In some cities, there are exclusive clubs for twitchers.’
- ‘The controversial series continues despite furious criticism from twitchers who phoned in when last week's opening episode failed to secure the survival of the rare Weeping Warbler.’
- ‘But one particular species had the expert twitcher frantically flicking through the ornithology books when it was delivered to his doorstep this week.’
- ‘The area is renowned for its bird life and there were several twitchers already there, all armed with binoculars.’
- ‘The BIRDING COMMUNITY encompasses a broad spectrum of backyard birders, opportunist oglers, weekend watchers, and hardcore twitchers.’
- ‘The Scilly Isles as a whole attract a great deal of unusual birds and crowds of twitchers (themselves as odd a sight as any rare bird) are not uncommon.’
- ‘Standing next to rainforest so dense you couldn't see for more than a few centimetres into it, and hearing the bird so frustratingly close but not being able to see it, is a special sort of torture for twitchers.’
- ‘Tell one birder about an owl in a tree and within a few hours, you can expect to find that tree ringed by a throng of twitchers deploying expensive optics.’
- ‘A twitchers ' paradise, the surrounding wetlands and marshes are protected by Birdwatch Ireland.’
- ‘Who ever heard of a twitcher leaving his mobile phone on when bird watching?’
- ‘Amateur twitchers like me can never hope to glimpse these elusive rarities, notwithstanding the wonder of the internet providing immediate advice as to their whereabouts.’
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