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Bo’s fill­ing up Room 101 with bird­ing-re­lated an­noy­ances and a tick is a tick whether you take 10 min­utes or 10 hours to watch it. I’m a lis­ter; keep­ing year, county and coun­try lists, but re­ally do not see this as any sort of com­pe­ti­tion with any­one other than me. There is noth­ing on Earth that will con­vince my old­est bird­ing buddy that he and I are not com­pet­ing! This might, of course, be due to the fact that his UK and world life lists are both longer than mine… but I re­ally, re­ally don’t mind! What I hate most is that some bird­ers feel tri­umphant when their friends miss out… I mourn other peo­ple’s dips. Be­cause of the ‘sport’ of twitch­ing lots of new bird­ers have no ex­pe­ri­ence of how the en­vi­ron­ment works, no ground­ing on com­mon birds and other fauna and flora and of­ten no un­der­stand­ing of how to view wildlife with lit­tle im­pact on its well-be­ing. I’m not at­tack­ing twitch­ing here, only some of the mind­less­ness that spoils too many twitches. With luck, twitchers be­come bird­ers be­come con­ser­va­tion­ists. Bo Be­olens runs fat­birder.com and other web­sites. He has writ­ten a num­ber of books

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