Saturday, 18 September 2010

Feathered friends are another link

I noticed that the Wing Island Banding Station in Budleigh Salterton's sister-town of Brewster is celebrating its tenth birthday this month. The station is sponsored by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA and is situated on 80 acres abutting a sprawling salt marsh and 300 acres of conservation land. Over 175 species of birds utilize the land and the surrounding waterways.

I suppose that the birdwatcher's paradise which both Budleigh and Brewster could claim to be is yet another of the many big and small similarities between our two communities that have struck me over the last couple of years while working on this blog.

But I wonder whether Brewster is ever visited by these amazingly exotic-looking and -sounding Glossy Ibis spotted just over a week ago near the cricket field in Budleigh.

Charlie Fleming who kindly allowed me to copy the above photo from his website
explained that he is not a 'twitcher', which he calls a derogatory term. "Twitchers are basically not bird watchers but box tickers who are more interested in the 'tick' than the very bird or animal they see," he tells me. "I consider myself to be an amateur naturalist who uses his camera to record what he sees."

His site, Wildlife in a Suburban Garden, with its terrific photos of birds from Devon and further afield is at

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