The one with guest Garry Bagnell, one of the UK’s most passionate – and most mocked – twitchers, where we look briefly at last week’s rarities on Scilly and Gulberwick, make a quick note of BirdTrack’s request for records of winter thrushes, and then spend our time with Garry, asking whether there is a mean-spirit abroad in British twitching (much of it directed at Garry himself) and listening as he describes his views of the Scilly Northern Waterthush, the Weir Wood Long-toed Stint, and on the people who seem to want to question his every sighting.
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And your Panel today consists of…
- Charlie Moores, a freelance writer and podcaster (and now sadly intermittent birder) who either lives in a warm little cottage in north Wiltshire with his family or in a cold ‘podding shed’ editing an endless series of podcasts that more and more people appear to now be listening to.
- John Hague, a birding psychiatric nurse from Barnsley who now lives in Leicester where he’s a prominent member of the Leicester and Rutland Ornithological Society. John blogs extensively at The Drunkbirder where he rants “about the world and the absurdities of life“.
- Tom McKinney, the Derbyshire-based birder and award-winning musician who founded The House of Bedlam and gigs as part of Tango 5, and author of the much-missed Skills Bills blog. Tom now blogs weekly at Birdingblogs.com/TomMcKinney.
- Nick Moran, an expat Yorkshireman living in Norfolk, where he runs BirdTrack at the BTO. Nick spent most of the noughties birding and occasionally teaching Biology in China and the UAE; he is an OSME Council member and secretary and voting member on the Emirates Bird Records Committee which keeps him in touch with Middle East birding.
- Tristan Reid, aka ‘binocularface’, a well-known member of the Brit birding and twitching scene (to quote from Tristan’s binocularface blog “Some may call me obsessive; but I love to see rare and scarce birds and will travel anywhere within the UK and Ireland to see them!”) who lives in Cumbria.
Show Notes and Links
- Garry Bagnell’s blog: Garry Bagnell’s Birding World
- ‘Twtchers: A very British Obsession”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vnflv (no longer available online – let’s start a campaign now!)
- Birdtrack Surveys: http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack
- RSPB blog about poisoning of raptors in the south-west: (http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/southwest/archive/2011/10/21/west-country-bird-of-prey-death-toll-rises.aspx
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