Twitching by numbers: A birder's account of his hectic life as he chases rare species across Britain and Ireland

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Twitching by numbers: A birder's account of his hectic life as he chases rare species across Britain and Ireland

Twitching by numbers: A birder's account of his hectic life as he chases rare species across Britain and Ireland

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Driving an unnecessarily large and heavier car to keep up with the Jones’s isn’t just an added burden re inflated air pollution it means any accident involving them will be more serious than it would have been – especially for cyclists and pedestrians and obviously children – a bad situation being made even worse.

The book details what happens during my twitch, credits finder and categorises each rarity (1-year, 2-year, 3-year, 4-year, 5-year, 10-year, 20-year and lifetime). He talks about things that people might not see as important and makes a point of what he thinks is important. There were some reserves of course that were open every day such as the RSPB’s headquarters The Lodge Reserve but closed around 5. I've just spent the last year writing a book about the last 24 years of twitching birds in Britain and Ireland.

Re the rare birds themselves it can’t be much fun if you’re an absolutely knackered off course migrant and hundreds of people descend creating a bit of a commotion. I am pleased that Garry has temporarily withdrawn the book and has committed to re-writing at least the first four chapters. Credit also to the author for having enough self-belief to produce, finance and market the finished project purely on his own initiative and thus minus the faffing about with agents and publishers.

Because this author is very open about sharing his thoughts and feelings, and a lot of details, you might get more of a handle on the ‘why?Not deeply, but I am certainly interested in this book because it is a very clear description of the fieldsport of twitching from the viewpoint of a keen exponent. He has spent tens of thousands of pounds and travelled tens of thousands of miles chasing rare birds. However, the more rounded account contained in this book is of a man with some acts of considerable kindness to his name, who has suffered from depression in the past and who happily acknowledges that he might be ‘on the spectrum’. The book is illustrated by the author and, although infinitely better than I could do myself, the illustrations are all quite good, but not tip top.

Every day, we all encounter a myriad of things that cause personal irritation, inconvenience or even offence, but we shrug them off, look on the bright side and just get on with life - we don't all rush to Twitter to condemn. Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more. No doubt some twitchers who started birdwatching long after me will have seen more different birds than myself and of course I’ve noticed the boasting by some and it’s not just me that’s noticed. The idea of tanking it down the motorway and ultimately along iffy back roads when you’re probably tired just for the chance to catch a glimpse of a rare bird is not a good idea, if it was just your own life/health that might be acceptable, but in a fast moving heavy lump of metal it’s never just about you. Insert joke about tits here, but seriously this is why women still feel so unwelcome in the birding community.The Wryneck says: Mr Bagnell is unlikely to win any awards for chivalry, but, in fairness, he did not set out to be a role model for other birders.

All the same twitching is a far less damaging way to be obsessive about birds than standing in a butt and try to shoot as many as possible that have been driven towards you by a bored teenager looking for beer money.The table near the back of this book which lists the Top 10 listers in Britain and Ireland in 1987 and now (two names appear in both lists) is fascinating. In that time, you must have seen numerous changes in attitudes to how we approach birdwatching, habitat protection/creation and conservation. Twitching by Numbers’ by Garry Bagnell, a memoir of his anecdotes about birdwatching, published in this very year 2022. The author has a lot of anger in him and some people might find it offensive, but I thought it was great. He also tells us of the junk food he has eaten, the beverages drunk on the road, the hours sleeping in the car at motorway services to catch up on sleep and the costs of travel on each trip.



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