Bad behaviour at twitches? Nothing has changed since I started serious listing in the late 80's (post 1987, at a guess).- I didn't really get the bug until moving to Kent, in August 1993. I cringe at the antics I got involved with; but only with the benefit of hindsight. When I was there, and part of the mob, it was a sensational period of my existence and, as such, I wouldn't change a thing. Two Greater Yellowlegs (Welshe's Dam,Cambs and Elmley RSPB,Kent), a Snowy Owl Wainsfleet, Lincs, Bridled Tern Hanningfield Res. Essex, and so many, many more. An Ivory Gull in Suffolk, December 1999, might be the last time I travelled beyond the Kent borders to "twitch" but they were happy and exciting times. How things have moved on? Like reformed smokers - us, stopped twitching, birders are the most vocal in our critique of the present generation and, I think, slightly envious of the Peter Pan-like enthusiasm of a certain LGRE. How does anyone remain so fanatical?
|A Harris Hawk on the Ash Levels.|
At no time did it enter my head to think that this could be a genuine vagrant.
It was still a very enjoyable encounter.
|It was not possible to get excited by this sighting. An adult Harris Hawk over|
Long Shaw Farm fishery - complete with attendant Carrion Crows
It didn't detract from my pleasure of watching the spectacle and the interaction of the
I live by my own set of rules and these govern my entire outlook. I work hard and I play hard; I am a loyal friend and a c**t of an enemy; the natural world is my playground, my hobby, and my distraction from the trials of everyday living.
|A Saker-like Falcon - over Stodmarsh NNR, Carrion Crows in attendance again.|
No sign of jesses, yet given the timing, I have never been tempted to pursue the record further.
Of my lists?; my feeling being that if I've seen enough to get a confident id, then it's included. However, if I'm being truthful to myself (and I have to be!) and the likely-hood of escape far outweighs genuine vagrancy, I will go with my gut feeling and not with a consensus, driven by adrenaline and desire. Hooded Merganser at Chilham - a fence hopper by statistically balanced analysis. If I've fucked up? Who dies, who loses out? I still saw it, just I've chosen not to include it on a list which pertains to my own personal standards - no big deal.
|This bird was accepted as a Black Brant!|
In my opinion (the only one that matters to me) it is nothing better than an intergrade
Dark-bellied Brent X Black Brant (of unknown combination)
|The real deal - a Black Brant.|
It didn't require a great deal of skill to spot that this, black and white, individual possessed the
full set of criteria required for confident id.
|Pale-bellied Brent Goose - a very scarce visitor to the Kent shoreline|