Monday, 12 October 2015

Bearded Twitchers after 'tit'

The following appeared on the website 'Welcome to Dungeness UK' on a post called 'Rare Bird and Bearded Twitchers'. I wasn't there so cannot comment on the behaviour of the gathered masses, but author dungieMike says the following:

So the Arcadian (sic) Flycatcher hitched a lift from the States to Dungeness – and then evidently died. Relentlessly pursued by hundreds of bearded twichers it is little wonder it took the easy way out. These so called bird lovers (the Twitchers) seem to disregard normal behaviour patterns when chasing their quarry, with total disregard for private property. One poor lass threw open her bedroom curtains only to be confronted by four of these ‘persons’ leaning over the garden fence with binoculars trained on her very person. Me thinks they were after a different type of tit.


I often wonder, when observing these rambling masses, what their reaction would be if we went to their home, tromped across their gardens with spyglass and camera in hand and causing mayhem – all in the pursuit of an obscure hobby? I suspect they would call the police and the ‘intruder’ placed before the courts the following morning.


The sooner a new owner is found for Dungeness and the 20 foot high razor fence erected the better.


So, were you one of the four 'persons' mentioned, and if so, did you cop an eyeful?

2 comments:

  1. I refrained from commenting on your post below because at the end of the day, you were simply describing your own particular interest in birdwatching, which is somewhat more intense than mine. However the comments above do describe the actions of some of the idiots that twitch and why it is a past-time that I don't support.
    I think that Dungiemike got it dead right, let's get the address of one of these twitchers and go and besiege his/her house and see how welcoming they are.

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  2. I have to disagree totally with the comments on the behaviour of the 'twitchers' at the Flycatcher. For most of the day the bird was there I was there and it was one of the best behaved and restrained group of birders I have been involved with. Not a single car got stuck, and no-one was prevented from going about their daily tasks, if a little slower than usual! No one trespassed as the bird was in one garden all afternoon so no reason to go else where.
    (I can't comment on the next day as I wasn't there.) it's a shame that we can't change this perception that ALL twitchers are thoughtless idiots.

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