GRUMPY OLD BIRDER

There are many things that Bo Be­olens would ban­ish to Room 101 – here are just some of them!

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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…

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