GRUMPY OLD BIRDER
There are many things that Bo Beolens would banish to Room 101 – here are just some of them!
How enamoured are you of today’s birding scene? Do you relish the technological advantages today’s birders have or miss the old “anything about, mate?” days? Like the famous Curate’s Egg… birding today is good in part, but not everything has got better. Yes, I know I am an aging curmudgeon pining for the ‘blue remembered hills’ of yesterday’s birdwatching, but I’m also a bit of a techno-bitch, slavering to stay apace with everchanging upgrades and envelope bursting ‘progress’. There are plenty of changes I can enthuse about but some things get my goat so bad I want them assigned to the fabled Room 101! Here are my three candidates: “I spent the morning watching viz mig, but it was mostly mipits and by the time I got the call for PG Tips a sprawk had it, so I dipped on another stonker”. This is an example of deliberately esoteric language to eliminate communication with normal mortals. Does it really tax these poor souls too much to say ‘visible migration’, or is all that energy saved a necessary boost for twitching? Meadow Pipits and Sparrowhawks may be common, but contracting their name to a single brief word hardly makes them more or less exciting. As for the truncated Pallas’s
Stonker is another word that irritates me no end…