Saturday, 13 October 2007

Ooops, I forgot, I was tagged

Well, I'll do my best to answer without rambling on too much (as if...)

1. What is the coolest bird you've seen from your home?

Well, there's been lots over the years, I can remember the thrill of seeing my first ever Nuthatch, Red Kite or Treecreeper when we first moved to Wales, but if I stick to the last couple of years or so, it would be between the day a Cock Pheasant appeared, or the Turtle Dove (which are so rare here) but of course, it has to be Rambo! He was the little escapee Lovebird who came last year, and who I managed to recapture and return to his owners.

2.If you compose lists of bird species seen, what is your favourite list and why?

I don't really compose lists of birds, I was doing the BTO Garden Birdwatch for the past few years, but I kind of gave up on that earlier this year, it got too difficult to be accurate with the large flocks of birds that came down to feed, I preferred it when they had a "10+" category. Also got very disheartened with all the Greenfinches dying here over the past two summers, so don't really count birds now. I suppose if you could call it a list, I do take note of the highest amount of rarer birds that have come to the garden, and the biggest amount of Goldfinches I ever had at one time was 11. I have not been encouraging them or Siskins this year - have done away with sunflower heart feeders to hopefully get rid of the dreaded trichomonias here.

3.What sparked your interest in birds?

Being born! No seriously, I've always been interested in birds from a small child, I was surrounded by woodland, corn fields, orchards and very little else as a kid, and can remember searching hedges "bird nesting" at a very young age (only to find where they were, not to steal eggs) I suppose I had a lull as a teen, but have always loved to hear bird song, and have always fed wild birds ever since I left home.

4. If you could only bird in one place for the rest of your life where would it be and why?

Well, I don't really "bird" so would have to say my garden. I am more than happy with what comes here, that or local woodland, but I'm not really all that interested in water birds.

5. Do you have a jinx bird? What is it and why is it jinxed?

Well until recently, it was Green Woodpecker, and previously it was Kingfisher, but I've seen them both now. There's lots I would still like to see, like maybe a Hoopoe would be nice.

6 Who is your favourite birder? and why?

Ooooh decisions, well for sex appeal, and all round knowledge, presentation, and, and all that, erm it has to be *drum roll* Simon King. (swoon) Closely followed by Iolo Williams (although he presents all types of nature programmes) and also same as Mary, Chris Packham is a great presenter too, very enthusiastic and makes it interesting.

7. Do you tell non-birders you are a birder?

No, cos I ain't! I don't go off searching for birds with bins, tripods, bird id books and cameras with enormous lenses. They are birders to me. I just take my pocket camera and if I see a bird, photograph it! Simple.


Pete said...

whats wrong with ducks?!?!?!?!?

Mary said...

Oh No Poor Pete I think he is upset LOL!

Anonymous said...

Love the hoggy pics, looks a really healthy hoggy.

Karen said...

I enjoyed reading your answers Jan, and yes, you are meant to tag someone else if you want to.