Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Beardies are Like Buses...

Bearded Tit [male]
Bearded Tit [male]
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Bearded Tit [female]
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Goldcrest
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The morning was different because of the rain. We went through 11 definitions of a birdwatcher first in the lecture room at Tophill Low; whilst the warden was participating as a speaker at a local Tourism conference. We then discussed the merits of the latest bird books on the market, plus Birdguides applications, DVDs, & CD-ROMs. After a break the group kindly agreed to participate in a Top Trumps game. This involved trying to guess if it was best to choose a bird's size, UK population, number of UK family species, age etc. Everyone enjoyed themselves and learned a few things. The most surprising fact for them was that a female Cuckoo may lay up to 25 eggs, and that a Kingfisher may has lived to be 16 years old, and a female may lay 21 eggs a year.

The afternoon group went to Far Ings as planned. We had excellent views of a Goldcrest and watched a Kingfisher fishing & it even hovered for several seconds over a thin strip of water. Finally, we had amazing views of a pair of Bearded Tits which visted us as we watched from a hide! The sights ensure that today's afternoon class rated 12 out of 10, with an added bar for excellence - first time that's happened!

1 comment:

dAwN said...

The Bearded Tit is a gorgeous Bird! Would love to see one some day.