I looked out of the kitchen window and there was a yellow wagtail.
Unless I’m mistaken… which is entirely possible when it comes to identifying birds beyond sparrows, Robins and crows. (Even those I can confuse with ravens.)
That reminded me about the annual Big Garden Bird Watch run by the RSPB. The next one is from Sat 25 Jan to Mon 27 Jan.
You can find out more online, using the hashtag #BigGardenBirdWatch on Twitter for instance.
Just choose an hour any time over the three days and enjoy time with nature counting birds – RSPB website
So what better chance to extend our bird-identifying skills while taking an hour to relax and, who knows, be “in the moment”.
There’s a link of sorts between this event and a new page, #BMBeyondtheScreens, that I’ve recently added here. Thank you White Heat Design.
(Friends of Cator and Alexandra has organised its own bird watch in Cator Park from 9h30 to 10h30 on Sat 26 Jan including coffee. Penge Green Gym is another group whose volunteers do conservation work in a local park, Winsford Gardens.)
Until the end of January, I’ll carry on savouring the sparrows who gather in a tree near me to chat and chirrup about this and that. The sight and sound of them never fails to lift my spirits.
That also reminds me of Gone Fishing, the strangely compelling TV series in which friends and comedians Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse hang out in beautiful, talk nonsense and catch the occasional whopper.
I must try to watch a recent episode or two of that as well.
(Image by Andrew Alexander on Unsplash)