Thinking back over the years and inparticularly this day it suddenly dawned on me that Jan 2nd was for various reasons a memorable day and as ten years has passed I guess I should 'celebrate' still being here!!
Jan 2nd 1969. I was only 2 years old had a very small bird list and probably was watching 'Watch with Mother' on the black and white TV
Jan 2nd 1979. I was now birding but have no bird notes for then!!
Jan 2nd 1989. A trip to Theale in Berks for 4 American Wigeon hybrids !!!! Why. I also saw a Red necked Grebe at Wraysbury, 4 Waxwings at Burnham, wherever that was and an adult Med Gull at Footscray.
Jan 2nd 1999. Panajachel, near Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and a stroll down the hill from the viewpoint found us Rusty Sparrow a much wanted tick and then feeling the barrel of a gun in my back as some bleeding Guatemalans decided to rob myself and Keith of our bins, tape recorder and cameras!! Neil fortunately dipped Rusty Sparrow thereby saving him from this 'trial of life' and found us running down the hill in pursuit of the first vehicle we saw having been released unhurt. I'd like to think that those 7 X 30 Swarovski SLC bins are still in good working order and hopefully being used for conservation purposes in Central America therefore hopefully some good will come of them.
What will Jan 2nd 2019 hold I wonder?