This year I’ve been recording birds in/from my east Northants garden with a bit more effort and structure than usual. And it’s been a pretty good summer so sitting in the garden has been a frequent pleasure – and for a birder it’s impossible not to listen and look for birds continually. It was pointed out to me, in a gentle way, recently, that most people do not have conversations of this type ‘… yes, I guess we could but …Stock Dove … we were planning to…’ quite as regularly as ours.
But however nice recent evenings have been, the evenings are undoubtedly drawing in and so the birding element is largely curtailed by 7pm these days and the timing of dusk is only heading in one direction for about three months between the equinox and winter solstice.
But the birds keep flying over, even at night.
Have you spottd the new game in town – recording nocturnal migration? Literally, recording the calls of overflying birds automatically and then analysing them later to identify what they were? Noc Mig.
I’ve been intrigued and slightly frightened by the prospect of being able to do this – it’s another thing to occupy time, and potentially expense and it all sounds quite difficult. But I found this website by two BTO staff, Simon Gillings and Nick Moran and that is making me feel a bit braver. So I’m thinking of giving it a go from next year (well, probably from this year but I may write about it next year).
If anyone out there has any experiences, good or bad, or cautionary tales of what to do or not to do, then leave a comment here or get in touch.
A whole new world may be about to open up … or not.