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From: "Mike Simpson" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 10:55:22 +1100
I have a feeling that the 2million birdwatchers in the UK would tend to
include people like my mother who puts up birdfeeders in her garden and
watches to see what arrives. She has a bird guide, and knows virtually every
species likely to occur in her locality. However would be unlikely to count
as a birdwatcher within the context of this listers query?

I have been visiting the same stretch of woodland/riverbank virtually every
day for the past 5 years. During that time I have met two birders complete
with bins and scopes, as I usually carry bins or a camera with large
telephoto attachment, I am quite easy to spot, so if there have been any
others out there, they have not made themselves known.

I do not think that the sales of the field guides would be any indication,
virtually everyone I know has one or other of these, just bought to see what
the bird is which wakes them every morning at 5 am.

Possibly some idea of the number of people who sent in data to the Bird
Atlas of Australia would at least give some idea of those who were active on
a fairly regular basis.

Regards - Mike Simpson, Penrith, NSW 

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