Musings of a bird-watcher

February 19th, 2012Comments Off on Musings of a bird-watcher

By Paul Robinson-Waddington

Going to the U3A monthly meetings in Castle Douglas can have its drawbacks. You stand there minding your own business, when someone whispers into your ear ‘Hi Paul, can you do an article for the next U3A newsletter?’ It‘s then when your brain turns to jelly and panic sets in. I think to myself, what can I write about, what can I say that I didn‘t say in my last article? So I’ve tried to summarise the last 12 months of the Birdwatching group.

Lesser Whitethroat, spotted at Barstobrick

Like all outdoor activities, birdwatching is very weather dependant. Our November 2010 outing was called off because of heavy rain. The December meeting and Christmas lunch was cancelled due to snow covered access roads, frozen ponds and lack of birds at WWT Caerlaverock. January‘s meeting was cancelled because my Doctor said I had the H1N1 (swine flu) virus and we were still in the grip of winter.

What a relief when February came round and the temperature started to rise and the ice melted. The group eventually man- aged to have the birdwatching trip and belated Christmas lunch (soup and sandwich) at WWT Caerlaverock. We were now back on track and in March we went to the RSPB reserve at Mersehead.

There was a slight hitch in April when my wife dragged me off to the wedding of her nephew in South Africa. So whilst I had to suffer the heat of Cape Town, avoid the lions of Kruger National Park, attend a wedding in the sun of Durban and try not to get sea sick on a cruise up the Indian Ocean, the Birdwatching group had a good day out at the Cally Estate in Gatehouse of Fleet.

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