On a personal note, I want to make birding a bigger part of my life - the pendulum has swung too far towards the importance of angling - yet I spend very little time physically involved in that aspect of my enjoyment of the outdoors. Living on Thanet means that I have quality (it's all relative!) birding on my doorstep and that is something I've overlooked for a couple of years. I hope that 2014 will see a reversal of this trend, without being detrimental to my angling efforts?
|1st winter male Black Redstart along the under cliff between Broadstairs and Dumpton Gap|
|Racial variation amongst the Rock Pipits, that winter around the Thanet coastline,|
has provided me with many hours of entertainment.
|Purple Sandpipers are a fantastic species which occur in decent numbers around the Thanet coastline|
|A 1st winter male Stonechat (S. t. hibernans). We also get odd individuals of the race S. t. rubbicola|
Something that the "old guard" are unable to understand - and they wonder why they are obsolete?