Monday, 21 April 2014

Ton up on the patch, and a word on the AFON young birder's day at the BTO.

A 50-specie haul at the patch this morning, my best so far this year and some real crackers in there including Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Marsh Harrier, Grasshopper Warbler, Green Sandpiper and number 100 for the year, Whitethroat. Not bad within walking distance of the front door! It feels like the pieces are falling into place now, although the weekend perhaps didn't deliver the excitement that some predicted.

Debs and I enjoyed walks round Rockland Broad and Wheatfen yesterday, hoping to catch the national Arctic tern passage that was hitting the news services. In all it was a very quiet day with little doing on either reserve.

I did want to mention the excellent A Focus On Nature young birder's day which was held at the BTO. Details of the participants can be found here:

http://www.afocusonnature.org/members/workshops/young-ornithologists-workshop/stay-contact/

Although I am listed as a speaker, I had the easy job of sitting on a debating panel. The youngsters had it much tougher, giving talks to all assembled. They were all fantastic and each with their own message. I was proud to see my cousin Ben speak with such enthusiasm about his birding experiences. Going by this lot, the future of nature conservation is in good hands. I certainly left feeling inspired, and I know the BTO staff felt the same way.

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