An improvisatory, essentially indefensible, randomly configured tragi-comedy
(no great revelations are likely to be accrued from its consumption)
16 May 2010
Red letter day
Yesterday was 'Birdrace Day'! Approximately 22.5 hours, 250 miles and one posterior cruciate ligament injury later and,... whaddya know,... a new record is set. Despite an almost complete lack of scarcities (barring one obvious exception) 122 species were rounded up, pretty much all those regularly occurring in this season, with very few embarrassing misses. As ever with this sort of escapade, the total could have been better: Water Rail and Snipe were both recorded but not by all team members, four auks bombed up-channel but defied detection by some and specific identification by all, and a couple of other possibles/probables slipped by the wayside. Overall though, we topped the existing record by three, so a lot of sweat, a little blood but not too many tears.