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Old Thursday 15th October 2009, 16:07   #1
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Christmas Birding

...and not the stuffed turkey variety! lol

I'm hoping to escape the traditions of Christmas this year and maybe do a day or weekend's birding. I was wondering if anyone knew about UK birding holidays or 'bird races' that take place over the Christmas period? All ideas/experiences gratefully received!

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...and not the stuffed turkey variety! lol

I'm hoping to escape the traditions of Christmas this year and maybe do a day or weekend's birding. I was wondering if anyone knew about UK birding holidays or 'bird races' that take place over the Christmas period? All ideas/experiences gratefully received!

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A lot of people (myself included) do a new years day list in order to boost their year lists. I know one or two people who have done a mini birdrace between christmas and new year while they are off work just for a bit of fun. Its usually done by small local birdwatching groups tho.

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i tried to escape the traditions of christmas last year with a spot of birding, but all i saw was
7 swans a swimming
6 geese a laying
4 calling birds (unidentified)
3 french hens
2 turtle doves
and believe it or not a partridge in a pear tree


sorry i couldn't help myself
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Go to Speyside. Miles of forest all to yourself.
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Not sure if there are christmas bird counts in your area, but I always find it a good past time over the holidays. This year I think I'll be heading down to Trinidad though to escape the cold and the holiday festivities. A bit far from the UK I suppose....
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A lot of people (myself included) do a new years day list in order to boost their year lists. I know one or two people who have done a mini birdrace between christmas and new year while they are off work just for a bit of fun. Its usually done by small local birdwatching groups tho.

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Thanks CB. I haven't quite decided whether to stay local or go away. Depends what's available. My local group isn't doing anything as far as I know...
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i tried to escape the traditions of christmas last year with a spot of birding, but all i saw was
7 swans a swimming
6 geese a laying
4 calling birds (unidentified)
3 french hens
2 turtle doves
and believe it or not a partridge in a pear tree


sorry i couldn't help myself
lol, nice one, that's 5 you could add to your year list!
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Go to Speyside. Miles of forest all to yourself.
Hiya Marcus, thanks for the tip. Looks promising from this: http://www.speysidewildlife.co.uk/

Edit: scrap that, no bookings available Nov, Dec, lol.

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Not sure if there are christmas bird counts in your area, but I always find it a good past time over the holidays. This year I think I'll be heading down to Trinidad though to escape the cold and the holiday festivities. A bit far from the UK I suppose....
Well, if you fancy paying the airfare and hotel bills, I'm with you, lol. Seriously though, sounds like a nice place to escape to. :-)
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