I must admit, I was pretty shocked by how taken I was by bird watching/spotting while on holiday in the North East of Scotland recently. It requires two things I’m not well known for; patience and good eye sight (or a good pair of binoculars). Anyway, since I’ve been back I’ve been wondering a lot about how the Ospreys at Abernethy are getting on sitting on their nest waiting for their first egg to hatch, humming the Famous Grouse tune or actually noticing birdsong. I still don’t have a clue about what’s what in the bird world, but I recently identified my first bird using the RSPB bird guide which gives newbies like me a questionnaire of what we saw, and by process of elimination, identifies your find –
Unfortunately my recent find, down along the Water of Leith, was the highly common and widespread Mistle Thrush – oh well, it’s a start.
To make the most of my new hobby I thought it would be best to join the RSPB (for only £3 a month!) in the hope that they can impart some of their knowledge and help me identify something other than a common garden bird.
Binoculars now added to the wishlist!