Welcome to my blog. If you live in Surrey and birding is your obsession (to get out of bed at some ridiculously early time of the morning, no matter what the weather, to go and look at birds isn't normal behaviour, believe me) and you're still a bit of a novice (like me) then, hopefully, this blog is for you.

Friday 11 June 2010


Well, I went up to Chertsey yesterday morning to search for the Hoopoe, but as is the way with these things, and adding to my run of missed sightings, there was no Hoopoe to see.

I met Dominic Mitchell, a thoroughly nice chap, managing editor of Birdwatch magazine, and we walked round the site for sometime along with another bloke (I have forgotten his name - he's a tennis coach at the David Lloyd centre).

It was a surprise that it wasn't still about as the weather wasn't great - it was grey, damp and windy - and it would have been predicted to stay for a bit longer to feed before setting off again on its travels.

Top birder Johnny Allan and a few others apparently searched the site for about seven hours (that's dedication and determination for you) and he also drew a blank.

Oh well, we wait in hope that another scarcity decides to drop in to Surrey in the next few days but the likelyhood is we will have to wait for migrants on their return journey in the autumn.

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