The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #54386   Message #842249
Posted By: Grab
06-Dec-02 - 08:55 AM
Thread Name: BS: Birdwatching
Subject: RE: BS: Birdwatching
Only casually. My folks are very keen, so I inevitably ended up picking up a bit during birding trips as a kid. We've only got a small garden, so we don't get anything more than the regulars - blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, etc. Occasionally we get goldfinches or a wren. There's more out in the Fens though, so you usually get to see some interesting birds when you go out for a walk.

Favourite: well, there's a story...

I used to live on the Ribble at Lytham St. Annes (the other side of the estuary from LesB). All our family sails, so we tended to spend the weekends down at the river. Anyway, one weekend we noticed that there was a flamingo in amongst the redshank and greenshank - formerly a pink flamingo, but now a very dirty brown (the Ribble is a very muddy, silty river, and there's thick brown mud all over the estuary)! It had obviously escaped from the local zoo/wildlife park (there's a couple of flocks of them around locally).

Anyway, it was still there the next weekend, when some twitcher turned up and parked a tripod and scope on the jetty, with his back to the flamingo (which was about 100 yards away). One by one, all us sailors towed their dinghies down to the river, and as we passed, we all said "You know there's a flamingo behind you?", "There's a flamingo over there" and so on. And the bloke obviously thought we were all taking the piss, so he just stood there and said nothing to us, looking through the scope in completely the wrong direction while this pink flamingo was strutting around dead behind him!