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Old Wednesday 13th November 2019, 14:14   #1
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Christmas Day birding in UK?

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 UK's Daily 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! But in the UK...
If so, do please get in touch!
Many thanks in advance - Katy
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Old Friday 15th November 2019, 00:01   #2
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I have never gone out Birding on Christmas Day far too busy might have the odd birding after Christmas but every New Years Eve I write down what my last bird of the year is and what my first bird of the new year is.
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Old Friday 15th November 2019, 07:20   #3
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I've twitched local Waxwings on Christmas Day a couple of times, and occasionally had a look round the local patch (it's nice to get out of the house for a bit: family's all right but you know how it gets....).

Many years ago (1988 was it?) news broke on Christmas Day on an American Robin at Inverbervie on the Scottish East coast and I know some people set off on Christmas Day. I'm willing to bet the locals nailed it on the day (and obviously one of them actually found it!) I didn't set off till Boxing Day, but still saw it, as well as a cracking Arctic Redpoll at Carnoustie golf course.

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Old Friday 15th November 2019, 07:52   #4
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Unless the weather is awful (foggy effectively) I am out birding all day each Christmas Day, often at Rutland Water. It is surprising how many people are out and about, but normally few real birders, mainly families etc out for a stroll.
No photos though.

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Old Saturday 16th November 2019, 09:37   #5
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Old Saturday 16th November 2019, 14:07   #6
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I've not got any lifers listed for Christmas Day, in the UK or anywhere.
I'm sure I've done some birding on Christmas Day but I don't think I've ever gone out for the day.
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Darn it that you have no photos! Thanks for replying though and have fun this year.
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Nice work! Thanks for the reply.
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Oh I'm charging em all right, ha ha!
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I've not got any lifers listed for Christmas Day, in the UK or anywhere.
I'm sure I've done some birding on Christmas Day but I don't think I've ever gone out for the day.
Thanks!
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Old Saturday 16th November 2019, 14:46   #12
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I've got a mate who goes birding every christmas day and had a Great White Egret lifer one year, when they were still properly rare, had ringtail Hen Harrier three years running and Black Brant a couple of times too. His best story was of approaching a hide one year and hearing voices inside, assuming they were probably also birders trying to get away from the whole festivity stuff, he decided to knock on the hide door. One of them opened it and he promptly, for a laugh, started singing carols. The woman who opened the door said nothing, looked at him in a very angry way and stood aside so he could enter so he walked in, said hello, sat down and the three of them in there never said a word to him. They all stayed another 30 minutes before leaving and giving him 'a look', slamming the door behind them as they went.
There are some miserable s*ds around.
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Might be worth a try on the Kent birders FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kentbirding/
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I've got a mate who goes birding every christmas day and had a Great White Egret lifer one year, when they were still properly rare, had ringtail Hen Harrier three years running and Black Brant a couple of times too. His best story was of approaching a hide one year and hearing voices inside, assuming they were probably also birders trying to get away from the whole festivity stuff, he decided to knock on the hide door. One of them opened it and he promptly, for a laugh, started singing carols. The woman who opened the door said nothing, looked at him in a very angry way and stood aside so he could enter so he walked in, said hello, sat down and the three of them in there never said a word to him. They all stayed another 30 minutes before leaving and giving him 'a look', slamming the door behind them as they went.
There are some miserable s*ds around.
He sounds great! Thanks for the suggestion - think he'd mind if you PM'd me his details? Katy
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Might be worth a try on the Kent birders FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kentbirding/
Thank you - I'll do that. Can't believe this is such a tough hunt! I can think of nothing nicer that hanging out in a hide on Christmas Day!
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Thank you - I'll do that. Can't believe this is such a tough hunt! I can think of nothing nicer that hanging out in a hide on Christmas Day!
If you’ve got your own transport. But like myself who relies on public transport to go birdwatching, Christmas Day is a no no!
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Old Monday 18th November 2019, 17:23   #17
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Relax the rules a little bit and you've got the famous Boxing Day 2013 Brunnich's Guillemot at Portland in Dorset. Many birders abandoned their families and the festive celebrations to see this bird, yours truly included.

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Old Wednesday 20th November 2019, 11:31   #18
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Relax the rules a little bit and you've got the famous Boxing Day 2013 Brunnich's Guillemot at Portland in Dorset. Many birders abandoned their families and the festive celebrations to see this bird, yours truly included.

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Sadly not my rules. Sounds a great day though!
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If you’ve got your own transport. But like myself who relies on public transport to go birdwatching, Christmas Day is a no no!
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Good point!
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Old Wednesday 20th November 2019, 11:41   #20
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Won't tick all the same boxes maybe, but you were aware many, many more birders do a big day on New Year's Day - get the year list started with a bang and all that?
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