people encountered whilst birding

Subject: people encountered whilst birding
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 02:22:51 -0000
My most amusing encounter with non-birders whilst birding was back in in 80s in Britain. I was on the south coast in autumn and spotted a Wryneck (uncommon passage migrant, definitely a bird you want to take a good look at when you see one). I was watching it moving about in a gorse bush and from behind me I could hear a constant commentary from some picnickers along the lines of: "What's he looking at, he's very interested in something, is it in that bush, is it a bird ...&c &c". I didn't turn for some time becuase I was too busy watching the Wryneck, but after about five minutes I did turn only to find that the people had completely vanished, packing up their picnic and disappering so quickly that I couldn't even guess which direction they'd gone in.

John Leonard
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