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Brownie Guides and the RSPB Bird Watch

The sweet woman behind the counter in the Pet Shop is interested to hear that this is the weekend of the RSPB Garden Bird Watch.


I don't say as much, on the grounds that it might sound a tad critical, but I am surprised that the shop owner hasn't advised his staff that there might be a run on juicy mealworms today. Mrs Pet Shop Assistant tells me that I have solved a puzzle for her. She had wondered why her Brownie Guide daughter was required to turn up at Brown Owl's house for an hour tomorrow morning. All was now clear, she said as I handed over £6.50 for choicest bird food with which I am hoping to entice lots of feathered friends into our garden.


It might be fun to carry out the Garden Watch in the company of a pack of Brownie Guides. I will have just one companion in the shape of Mr B who won't be satisfied unless we see a Golden Eagle perched on the garden fence.


We pulled two armchairs into prime position for a good view of the bird feeders, all freshly filled. I made us each a cup of coffee to fortify our endeavours and went on-line so that we could track our birdy visitors. "Crow!" called Mr B triumphantly. I was pleased to hear that he was entering into the Spirit of the Occasion. Then he asked if I could pull the curtains across a bit as the sun was shining in his eyes. This somewhat cut off my view of the bird feeder but Mr B said he doubted it would make much difference. I trained my hopeful binoculars on the tamarisk tree. "Sea gull!" announced my fellow birdwatcher.


We saw an awful lot of sea gulls. In fact, despite the clever counter on the RSPB website I'm not sure I captured every one of them. We also logged a lot of starlings and six magpies. Six for gold, as the nursery rhyme says. We did see a few more interesting species though not, you will be surprised to hear, a Golden Eagle.


In past years the RSPB has enlivened the Watching Hour with an on-line quiz every ten minutes or so but it seems to have given up on the quizzing this weekend. Mr B said this was a Good Thing as we almost always answered incorrectly, thus proving that our knowledge of all things Bird Related in no way matches our enthusiasm and love of our feathered friends.


We had a bit of trouble submitting our answers, especially deciding whether our garden was bigger or smaller than a tennis court. I would have thought that Mr B, being a former Wimbledon ball-boy, might have known this off the top of his head but he deferred to my (definitely not) better judgement. I checked later and, would you believe it, our garden is about the same size as a tennis court. We could erect a net half way up the garden and pretend to be Serena and Rafa battling for honours in the Australian Grand Slam. Although, to be honest, the tamarisk tree would get in the way when executing cunning serves while any clever passing shots would almost certainly end up in the vegetable trough.


Even when I'd hazarded a guess on the size of our garden, I had a bit of trouble submitting our results. I was more than a little worried that we would have to repeat the whole exercise tomorrow morning which would not please Mr B one little bit. So concerned was I that when I checked later, I had submitted our results four times over.


Our submission was the 24,431st received. That's a Whole Lot of Birdwatchers, with two more days to go, don't you reckon? Always providing others didn't submit their results four times over. The email from the RSPB informing me of this Fascinating Fact included a helpful pie chart of our "Top Ten Birds". No prizes for guessing our Top Bird. That's what comes of living by the seaside.


Tomorrow those Brownie Guides will gather at their Leader's home and I am hoping they have a most successful morning bird-watching.


At least I can pretty well guarantee they'll spot a Brown Owl....

 

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21.05 | 10:09

I'm needing to find information about the usher family tree for my aunty, her great grandparent where Thomas and Phoebe Usher would I've been researching

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21.05 | 10:03

Hi Karen,
I'm helping my aunt with her family tree her maiden name was usher. do you have any other information or found anything about the usher family

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18.04 | 17:19

Oh that's such a good read Jaqui! It's great to see it through your eyes, and you capture it beautifully... and you will indeed look like real athletes too!

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Wonderful!😁

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