Sunday, January 04, 2009

This Made Me Smile

The following is from the BBC's newspapers today round-up - - -

The Times and Daily Telegraph relate the tale of the birdwatcher who travelled from her home in Cornwall to see a rare snow bunting in Spitzbergen.

She was despairing, when there wasn't even a feather of one to be seen in Norway, but when Janet Davies returned home to England she saw one sitting on her garden fence.


Anonymous said...

It made many people who know a bit about birds laugh.
The bird in the photo and seen by Janet Davies is simply a leucistic (part albino) version of a very common U.K garden bird called a Chaffinch.
In addition, Snow Bunting are not at all uncommon in the U.K. during winter months, and nobody would bother travelling to Norway to see one when there's likley to be a flock within 200 miles of anyone in the U.K.

No offence to Mrs Davies, she is simply an enthuisiastic backyard birder who messed up the bird i.d. The fault here lies in abysmal jornalistic/reporting by the U.K. media.

Why let the truth get in the way of a good story.