Imagine the scene, you are on the beach with your trusty spaniel at your side, enjoying the bracing 2009 icy air and the space. Just like this pic:
Anyway, I scoop up Dandy’s well loved tennis ball and give it a good chuck down past the burn toward the sea birds on the shore line. I then spin round to see an unexpected site of a gaggle of Twitchers completed with serious anoraks, telescopes and lenses that a tabloid photographer would be proud of. I hope the doggy antics did not spoil their 1 chance in 25 years viewing of the Less Spotted Hog Snout. (Okay I made that up – a good google did not give me any good twitching news site revealing the target of the spying. They probably do it all by carrier pigeon instead).
As I walked off the beach and past the Twitchers, not a single hardback thumbed copy of ‘2008 Birds of Britain’ was hurled in my direction so I think we were okay.
Happy New Year to you and I hope you find what you want to spot this year!