Diary 7

Sunday 9th August

Just going through the footage of the interview with Mark from the other day and I am really pleased with how it’s come out. Busy logging his words for future reference, making my list of the interview. Mark is a keen birder away from his RSPB work and we chatted about aspects of birding and we got around to the subject of listing. This is almost certainly an exclusively male thing. Akin to Top Trumps at school I think. It is about building a collection and man loves lists anyway. When you look closely life is divided into lists. Shopping lists, databases, record collections, CV’s etc. Anyway, as a birder, as in life, you can have many lists. A life list, a place list, a holiday list, and as Mark told me a Sheffield Wednesday list! All the birds he has seen at football. One that includes an invasion of red-legged partridges into the stand itself during one game. It gives you something to do when the match is dull. Birds are for all occasions.

Tuesday 11th August

Thought for today…
I used to love birds as a kid. What would have happened to me if I had continued to be interested in them instead of discovering them again now? What kind of person would I have become? An imponderable ponderable! The paths we choose…

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