Once again, I want to express my annoyance at a female North Norfolk-based twitcher who appears to complain about the presence of people enjoying the North Norfolk Coast unless they are twitchers.
I pride myself at not being a 'twitcher', but being a real birder who accepts anybody, whether they are birders or not, to our wonderful countryside.
This females 'Hot Birding' blogs most recent post once again decries the presence of "annoying dog owners and non birding/camera type people" to the North Norfolk Coast. Who does she think she is complaining about people visiting the coast, these people have just as much right to visit and enjoy the coast, and any other part of that country for that matter, as does any birder or twitcher types.
Once again I say that people should be encouraged to visit our countryside as these people and possibly their children, may be the future custodians of our wildlife and landscape.
Some twitchers have brought the name of good birders and birding into question with their behaviour, such unwarranted behaviour has included trespassing, poor behaviour, and deliberate flushing of an exhausted bird in order to get their 'tick'.
I love birding on my Breckland patch and will share my knowledge and finds with anybody who listens and wants to learn, however, I have kept scarce and rare finds to just a few responsible friends. Some may say I suppress my finds, I will respond by saying this is done for good reason. I highlight for example my Pied-billed Grebe I found at Thompson Water in 1999. I know that irresponsible twitchers attempted to flush this bird from another site by throwing sticks at reeds in order to flush the bird. More recently, I have found myself speaking to someone who trespassed to see Reeve's Pheasant, having warned him, he was seen again on a further occasion, once again trespassing.
This brings me back to my initial writing on this post and I end by saying that the North Norfolk Coast is not the sole domain of twtichers, after all, would these twitchers like to be described as annoying by the public when a rare bird turns up in a garden, Tesco's car park, or any other location in the public arena.