This is strange..

Well hello there readers (if we have any left!) it has been a long long time since I last blogged, I even forgot my password…d’oh!

This will be a brief blog, as I have been up since 6.30 (cycle training for a 26 mile walk on June 10th) and so am flagging a bit now.

To say that the last few months have been busy is a little bit of an understatement. I have been meaning to blog for ages, but to be honest I just haven’t had the energy to form any sort of coherent sentences. Its a good job that Jo has been updating her side of the blog, certainly more than I have anyway.

One thing I would like to point out now though is that I have seen lots of yellowhammer this year, one bird that Jo hasn’t, in fact both times I have ventured out on my bike I have seen a pair close up…jealous yet Jo??

Anyway, I will blog properly tomorrow and cover these topics:

 

  1. My complete list so far this year
  2. My Top 10 and why I chose them
  3. Trip to Wales
  4. Puffins
  5. Meeting Nature Bites
  6. Photography
  7. Bird Festivals
  8. Petrol Prices
  9. Garden Birding
  10. Birding On Bikes
  11. Miscellaneous drivel (what’s new I hear you cry!)

I would also like to take this opportunity to ask if anyone would be interested in a Q+A session, either on the blog or on twitter, I will imagine it is a no, but thought it may be a good way to get to know Jo and I better and find out how strange we really are. Also, if you have any birdy questions then we can try to blag them.

This may be a rubbish idea and Jo will probably dislike and we probably don’t even have a big enough following, but hey ho, c’est la vie!

Chris

P.S Congratulations to the New Mr & Mrs Phippen whose wedding I was best man at, more birding awaits in you married life 😛

P.P.S Congratulations to Toby Harbour on his speedy recovery from his horrible injury, we will get the birding walk in soon!

 

 

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Birdtrail 2012

Today has seen me hanging out in a New Forest car park for most of the day. Birdtrail is an annual event organised by a variety of local bird related organisations including RSPB, Hampshire Ornithological Society and the local Wildlife Trust. Its essentially a day out for children which takes the form of a bird race, where each team needs to tick off as many birds as they can, topped off with a results ceremony at the end. I’ve got involved as a HOS volunteer and have been manning the Start point as teams begin and return from their trail. Along the way are activities as well as quizzes at the start point. All in all a brillant idea, I’m just jealous they didn’t have this when I was a YOC youngster. It is fantastic to see so many children who are such enthusiastic birders taking part and wanting to win. I hope that as many of them continue their hobby through their teens. I know birding isn’t the coolest of hobbies, but it is a skill that sticks with you for life. I’m glad I’ve now come back to it, but wish I hadn’t left the birding community for all those years in between.

Whilst the winning team’s best bird was a Hawfinch, the firecrest I watched bobbing about underneath a bench was my highlight, lovely.

Jo