At the start of the year, due to lack of finances, I decided to give up my rare bird alert pager. This device would give me up to the minute information on the location of rare birds around the country and scarce birds in my county. Having had the pager for the best part of twenty years it felt strange going out without it in my pocket.
The bad thing about going to see rare birds (twitching) is the crowds. Back in the day it was the same faces, you got to know everyone. Now it’s like a rugby scrum, madness. So in a way I’m glad to just do my own thing, I’ve seen over 400 species in the UK, not really bothered if I notch up any more, plus I appreciate the commoner birds more.