Stranger things have happened….or have they?

Over my last few birding encounters, I’ve experienced a few uncanny coincidences, well that’s what I’m still trying to convince myself anyway, but they’ve certainly made me pause for thought! The first was during a walk along the estuary at Lindisfarne NNR. I was walking back to the car having been fairly satisfied that I’d made the best of a very cold, damp and dismal morning when I actually muttered out loud ‘well it would have been nice to see a Twite!’. No sooner had the words left my mouth I suddenly heard, over the noise of the wind and rain, a flock of birds twittering in the only tree literally 10 yards to my immediate right. When I looked up and raised my binoculars, I was gobsmacked to count no less than 40 very sociably active Twite!!! The most I’d seen together prior to that being just 6 or 7. Their little party in the tree had me mesmerised in the drizzle (and laughing with disbelief) for about 4 minutes before they all headed off towards shelter beyond the car park.

The second incident actually happened more than once on our first Early Bird Experience at Exton Park. On the first occasion I found myself telling the party about the possibility of seeing a Goldcrest further on in our walk and how they were our smallest resident species. Before I finished my sentence one appeared in the tree right in front of us and gave us all a good show. Then towards the end of the 6 mile walk, I turned my head to tell the group that I couldn’t believe we hadn’t seen a Buzzard and as soon as I turned ahead again, what should appear over the trees circling right in front of us….yes you guessed it! I’m not going to begin to draw any parallels with Dr Doolittle but if this happens again, I may start to believe that it could be more than just coincidence…