I think that it was Gavin Haig who used the term "phasing" to describe a lack of activity in a certain interest, be that mothing, angling, birding, cycling or marathon running. Quite simply anything which had, in the past, provided a spark which has now been lost, or at least dimmed significantly.
I made comment recently, on another blog, "that I wouldn't cross the road to see a Great White or Cattle Egret, etc, etc.." and was, quite rightly, picked up on this statement. The event that has brought this subject to the fore was that of two Woodcock flying over The Royal Military Canal, at first light on Sunday morning. I was really excited by this simple encounter and found myself questioning why am I not more involved?
|This was on our bungalow roof - many moons ago (2008 I think?)|
|Dartford Warbler at North Foreland - really rewarding when you find one whilst out and about.|
|American Golden Plover at Pegwell - my second UK sighting, of this species, following one in Bedfordshire in 1991/2 ?|
Both birds seen because I was "twitching" (P.S. - Franny found this one)
|Twitched - Simon Mount found three here and this photo is a result of my "twitching" his field work.|
|So much more enjoyable when you find them for yourself!|