Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Three weeks tomorrow and we’ll be aboard the aircraft destined for Manchester. My first overseas trip since 1999; Fay managed a quick, non-birding, trip in 2005, on the occasion of her mother’s 90th birthday. I would be a poor liar if I didn’t admit to a little excitement at the prospect of revisiting old stomping grounds in Staffordshire and the West Midlands – along with our first venture to the Blackwater Estuary and a brief return to Devon.

This will certainly be the best we’ve been prepared for a British birding trip. Fieldguides to hand. The BirdGuides DVD-ROM guide to British birds studied; British and regional lists compiled, etc.

Not wishing to over-stretch our ambitions, we’ve limited our target species to a humble four:

Long-eared Owl,
Cetti Warbler and
Cirl Bunting

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