Birding Diary #1

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I’m a (very) amateur birder, so it makes sense to record my birding adventures on this blog. It will mean I can remember what I have seen and where I’ve seen it – mostly this will have been in Norfolk, as this is my stomping ground. These ‘birding diary’ entries will mainly be about the locations, the background, and, of course the birds. Don’t expect expert knowledge – I am just muddling through!

Today we went to RSPB Titchwell Marsh, a nature reserve in Norfolk, that houses sand dunes, salt marshes, and a freshwater lagoon. Historically, this is an interesting site because artefacts from the Upper Paleolithic period have been found, as well as military paraphernalia from the world wars. (Yeah, I Wikied it….)

A pair of Montague harriers were spotted nesting on the marshes back in the 1970s, prompting the RSPB to purchase the land, and since then it has been home to all kinds of sandpipers, birds of prey, water voles, plovers, goldeneyes, godwits, oystercatchers, and all sorts.

What I saw:

 

** We couldn’t work out which, but tend towards the opinion that it was most likely a curlew. This video from the BTO has been very helpful in IDing this mysterious bird.

Resolutions for a greener new year

Sometimes we need an excuse to make changes in our lives, and the new year is the best excuse of all.

I’ve been scouring the net for ideas on how to live a better, greener, more eco-friendly existence in 2016 that will hopefully benefit the environment or, at the very least, do as little harm as possible (which is often the best we can do.)

Below are the five changes I pledge to make in 2016!

  1. No more bottled water!

This should be a simple and easy change to make. Plastic bottles are one of the largest contributors to our plastic pollution problem.

2. Unplug chargers to reduce phantom power use

I’m ashamed to realize that I’ve been wasting energy by leaving plugs in sockets when I have finished charging my phone/watching TV.

3. Limit dairy consumption

I’m already a vegetarian, but I can do better by switching to soya milk, vegan cheese and other non-dairy products.

4. Don’t buy anything that contains palm oil

Around 1000 orangutans are killed every year as forests are cleared to make way for palm oil production. I don’t want that to happen. Palm oil seems to be in everything, so this will be a challenging one.

5. Waste less food

Hugh’s programme about supermarket food waste was profoundly shocking. #wastenot