Monday, 27 April 2009

Birding for Bad Weather

A few days ago I was browsing through Trisha's Bird Table News when I came across the following. It is in the form of a letter and contained in it are many names of different types of birds. The idea is to find as many as you can. I must admit I am a sucker for this type of thing. So - if you are having withdrawal symptoms when the weather is too bad to get out and spot birds and the rain on the window makes outdoors look bleary, cut and print out this in large print and see how many birds you can spot in the comfort of your favourite armchair. No prizes and I have no idea how many there are in total - yet. (I have found more than 20 and sent Trisha a list)

Bird-Watching Holiday

How many hidden birds can you spot?

Dear Ed,

Starting early we took it easily, and at the Bell Inn, Eton, we picked up Jack Dawling and Ernest. One chatted a lot, so time passed swiftly, but rain on the motorway was a grave nuisance. After lunch I decided to hand over the wheel and steal and hour’s sleep, before reaching Ullswater at midnight in gale-force winds.

Next morning on to Scotland, where our hotel is in as fine a glen as I have seen, with rushing stream at the bottom of a steep lovers’ lane. It is all that is now left of an old mill, but it is now renovated, and very smart inside - no other one for miles around! Eric rows, though awkardly, leaving Anne to doze in the stern. Excellent food - no good for taking off inches from the waist or keeping wide awake. Nothing is wanting, except perhaps regular kilts and pipers.

Love from all,


Reprinted here by kind permission of Trisha, Bird Table News.


  1. Oooo, I like that. Have to copy it and have a go.

  2. I too am an absolute sucker for this type of thing and can spend far too much time puzzling over such brain teasers. I see an evening of cogitation coming up! Thanks John and also to Tricia of course.

  3. What fun! Your birds have such different names, I would never stand a chance, but it is good exercise for the grey matter. I have been looking back at some of your posts, and your photography is amazing! Is that a Canon SLR that you use? I used to have one. It took such good pictures, my little digital just doesn't take that nice crisp quality of picture.

  4. MG: Many thanks for popping in and for your kind comments. Yes - I use a Canon EOS50D DSLR which can give stunning results, when I don't mess things up!

  5. Keith and Jan: I think I found 29 birds in the letter. I found the easiest way was to print a copy and ring the names otherwise my eyes kept going over the same section again and again.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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