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Old Tuesday 12th November 2019, 13:50   #1
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Christmas Day birding?

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I'm new to this forum and though I'm a nature lover I'm also a journalist! So I hope no one minds if I post a request...
I'm writing a piece for the Telegraph about unusual ways to spend Christmas Day. I wondered if anyone on the forum a) has spent theirs birding; b) might be planning to do so again on the 25th this year and c) also has good quality pictures of themselves on a past Christmas Day? I don't want much, do I?
Santa hat/mince pies optional but welcome. Maybe in a hide, under a bush - whatever!
If so, do please get in touch via DM.
Many thanks in advance - Katy
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Hi Katy, and welcome to the forum. You might want to post your request in the birds and birding subforum, might get more responses there.
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Hello
I'm new to this forum and though I'm a nature lover I'm also a journalist! So I hope no one minds if I post a request...
I'm writing a piece for the Telegraph about unusual ways to spend Christmas Day. I wondered if anyone on the forum a) has spent theirs birding; b) might be planning to do so again on the 25th this year and c) also has good quality pictures of themselves on a past Christmas Day? I don't want much, do I?
Santa hat/mince pies optional but welcome. Maybe in a hide, under a bush - whatever!
If so, do please get in touch via DM.
Many thanks in advance - Katy
As Lisa says you may get a fuller response in a different section of this site (maybe a mod would move your request, or re-post).

I expect most birders will try and escape for some fresh air at least, but family can make it awkward to do anything too extreme I guess for most ... some must have though.

btw did you know it's a big thing in the states - the 'Annual Christmas Day Bird Count'?!
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As Lisa says you may get a fuller response in a different section of this site (maybe a mod would move your request, or re-post).

I expect most birders will try and escape for some fresh air at least, but family can make it awkward to do anything too extreme I guess for most ... some must have though.

btw did you know it's a big thing in the states - the 'Annual Christmas Day Bird Count'?!
The Christmas Bird Count was introduced by Frank Chapman, an eminent US ornithologist, as an alternative to the Christmas Shoot.
It would be great if some contemporary could introduce the concept elsewhere, for starters perhaps in Malta, but ideally throughout the world.
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Old Wednesday 13th November 2019, 14:09   #8
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As Lisa says you may get a fuller response in a different section of this site (maybe a mod would move your request, or re-post).

I expect most birders will try and escape for some fresh air at least, but family can make it awkward to do anything too extreme I guess for most ... some must have though.

btw did you know it's a big thing in the states - the 'Annual Christmas Day Bird Count'?!
Thanks! I didn't realise how many people were in the US on this forum! Thanks for the hint about the bird count but I'm trying to find someone in Britain if I can. Any idea which section of the forum would be best to post in?
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Hi Katy, and welcome to the forum. You might want to post your request in the birds and birding subforum, might get more responses there.
That's great and thank you!
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If all goes to plan, I'll be be camping out on a remote mountain top, lands of some special birds. Later in the day, should drop to lower altitude and, after dark, be wandering forest tracks with the goal of finding my Christmas present, a nocturnal species with barely 400 left in the world. Presuming success, will then be back in my tent toasting the end of another excellent Christmas Day. From the UK, but not in the UK.
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Wow yours sounds like a hidden level off of Tombraider mine will be a short cycle ride to my local ‘lake’ aka The Golden Puddle, a couple down a local pub and a home made Curry washed down with Cava. To give you some idea i am down there daily ‘local patching’ and it is looking like the first blank year for a wader in the decade i have been covering it - having said that the last one recorded there last October was a..........Grey Phalarope so always expect the unexpected!

I look forward to your update from this teaser trailer - always Jos, always different - Merry Christmas to one and all

Good birding -

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