seymours rules of birding

RULES OF BIRDING

1- Always check the car park

2- Never turn down a loo break or bottled water - carry a lens cloth 

3- Always check behind you


4- Check for yourself – the LOL rule

5- Don't dismiss odd reports from old ladies with houses abroad- they know their shrikes!

6- Use dead ground

7- Check before pishing

8- Call it if it looks odd- sort it later

9- Try not to wear white

10- Don’t argue with numpties

11- Let the binoculars choose you!

S

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  • Great advice especially for the many new birders who have recently joined the forum.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • "1- Always check the car park"

    Strangely, that was the location of one of only two White-tailed Eagle sightings I've been lucky enough to enjoy. Definitely sound advice!
  • Hope you don't mind that I add a couple Seymour.

    12 - Always remember to look up as many a bird will fly over you as you have the binoculars pointed at a bird on the ground.

    13 - Always have a snack with you even something simple as a mars bar as sometimes you're out longer than you think.

    14 - And invest in good waterproofs and decent wellies.
  • and don't open a packet of crisps or take too long opening sweet wrappers when in hides !!

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to rspbailey:

    12 - Always remember to look up as many a bird will fly over you as you have the binoculars pointed at a bird on the ground.

     concentrate on the bird you are watching most of the time - If it's good you'll hear it going over -

    13 - Always have a snack with you even something simple as a mars bar as sometimes you're out longer than you think.

    Everyday advice- birding or not :)


    14 - And invest in good waterproofs and decent wellies.

    Comes under equipment - invest in binoculars etc is a given  :):)

    S

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  • In reply to seymouraves:

    Make sure you have a spare battery and SD card
  • Yup- Assuming you carry a camera :)

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  • Always carry a bit of bribery.

    It often works wonders with many smaller birds, particularly robins, which will often feed from ones hand.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Yup and with North African beggars in the Sahara :)

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