Thursday, 8 November 2007
Monday, 8 October 2007
A great reunion and see you next year.
Unfortunately we have no current images to upload but we will hopefully be forwarded some in due-course.
The SeLO showed well in a tree for quite a while, the finders commented on how close they where to the bird that they could have 'stroked it'. Its plumage was sort of a brown colour but was definately not the colour of a LeO but maybe not as cryptic as Scop's. Its size was questioned but it was definately to small for LeO but it was a little obscurred by a twig or branch, it did a tail projection of about 4 inches that was below the twig or branch. Eye colour was also questioned and even tho the eyes were kind of open the colour could not be clarified, Frantic searches were made using the available birding literature and the only possible match was Screech Owl, but obviously this was instantly dismissed and put out on the birding super highway information channels as possible/probable Scop's Owl showing well. But the GOA are pleased to announce that with all the information gathered Scop's-eared Long Owl has been included onto the GOA species list.
Mr.Stern Rig & Mr.Watts were the finders and observers.
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Well the time is nearly upon us when the GOA embark on its pilgrimage to britains most northerly isles. The intrepid quartet (YoYo,LeDonis,The Apprentice & Radar) will be hoping for some real General Ornithology and with the prospect of a bird or 2 and maybe the odd rarer one.
With news that the islands are going to be swarming with twitchers the GOA will be present to make sure the welfare of the birds comes first.
Monday, 17 September 2007
The GOA are in possesion of some very disturbing news. It has come to light that GOA member Radar is to depart the UK for Sweden in the morning. We at the GOA are led to believe this visit is not for work purposes (as he told us) but an attempt to reform and join the swedish supergroup ABBA. If this news is true we shall be deeply disturbed and will only reinforce his desire to still live in the 70's
The honarary member of the GOA had discovered his own Pectoral Sandpiper and will now have to submit his record to the GOARC who will examine its mitochondrial DNA from photographs to determine its authenticity.
You have been warned.
Please forward your descriptions to the GOARS.
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Please note scientific factual incidence using the very latest up-to-date DNA testing of feathers was undertaken and has thus proven beyond reasonable doubt that these species are new to science hence there appearance within the GOA's listing criteria.
Sunday, 2 September 2007
Sir Patrick in death we salute you.
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Sunday, 26 August 2007
Investigations have led us to believe that a certain know person from the St.Helens area has been purposely releasing bogus information relating to RARE BIRDS seen in the St.Helens area most recent being White throated needletail and are led to believe the good name of the GOA has been mentioned when quizzed on his activities.
The GOA are and have never been associated with this certain known person and further more the GOA would never carry out such an act especially not in merseyside.
One of the GOA's founder members, Radar's main attributes are the ability to stay calm in the most hostile situations even when confronted by twitchers, he is a mass of information and can answer absolutely any question, he will talk to anybody and share his vast knowledge on everything, he has lived in every city, town and village in england and is not even 50. He is trained in all martial arts and can do origami with a bus ticket !
Thursday, 23 August 2007
The first in the series Keeping fit the GOA way is : The Tramp.
This has nothing to do with the man who lives in your shed nor the brother you dare not speak to !
This is the steady and not very progresive excercise of 'tramping'(walking) for 8 miles in not particulary nice conditions over pebbles 1' deep. This excercise was undertaken under GOA control by myself, Bluebirder, DP, and GOA guest Wellsorearse. The location was Blakeney Point, Norfolk (the GOA's second spiritual home).
Above you can see the starting point this also makes up the finnishing point, the small picture in the top left corner is the course. On route you have much sueada to tramp through and the delightfully named 'halfway house' which is halfway ! Then off again for the next half and towards the point and 'The plantation' where we were luckily enough to get brief views of the very elusive and rather shy Greenish warbler plus a supporting cast of other birds. On our way back in the wind and grey it rained much to our delight as this cooled down our now fit pumped up bodies back halfway again at the 'halfway house' we just so happened to see a Barred warbler, and no it is not an illegal immigrant nor a shakespearian but just a barred warbler. Now the last half is 'a bugger' it hurt, you feel like you are sinking in the pebbles and the last mile is 'oh my god', but when you eventually reach the finnish oh my are'nt you glad you did it.
Break through the pain you know it makes sense.
Keep fit the GOA way.
Monday, 20 August 2007
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Following on from a previous entry (GOA Seawatch 2007) we decided to stop off in Seaton, Devon for the never before known but now world famous chips & curry sauce. Coincidently whilst on our way to the chip shop we got wind of another seagull not showing in a field from a hide, a fantastic place for any G.O. to spend the afternoon. We arrived at the hide where the seagull was not showing from to be met with what i can only describe to you as pardon the phrase 'carrot crunching twitchers'. We eventually managed to set up some optics for the GOA to look for the seagull and were pointed in the general area the seagull was not showing from. As more and more twitchers arrived the atmosphere in the hide was becoming tense, suddenly the seagull decided to stretch its wings and was in full view (somewhere) as it flew away with about 100 other seagulls. What a fantastic spectacle 101 seagulls flying. Time for chips & curry sauce and some General Ornithology, for 3 hours we studied seagulls in fields, on water, at the seaside and some flying ones, a great way to spend any afternoon. With news of people from 'all over' coming to seaton we decided to leave and head home. Whilst driving home i recieved a call from Junior GOA member Mr Double Penetration (DP for short) to say he had found the seagull not showing in a field but 'showing' on a roof opposite the now world famous chip shop, he even managed a photo mr.bailey would be proud of. And in true style the seagull flew away again before the twitchers could see it. A fantastic result you must agree.
Monday, 13 August 2007
If astral predictions are correct there will be a large fall of G.O's around porthgwarra tomorrow for the new but annual GOA seawatch.
G.O's from all around will gather, some i hope in full costume (above) and take part in what much surely be one of the greatest spectacles within 5 miles.
GOA Seawatch 2007
With high winds and driving rain we can expect such delights as Sea-gulls, Gannets, Manx Shearwaters and if luck is on our side a Yelkouan Shearwater or two.
If that has'nt whetted you appitite then you are abviously a twitcher.
See you there and dont forget you anorak.
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Not only has he captured the fantastic features of the bird but has also somehow unbeleivably incorporated the symbolic 'To the G.O. money is nothing' hidden GOA moto.
An absolutely fantastic addition to list of contenders for the official GOA logo.
Above you will notice the bird has not yet been identified.
This is not uncommon to the G.O. in the field.
That is why advanced field notes (as shown above) are so critical in helping the GOA correctly identify species.
Once identity has been established (maybe even a world first) then the G.O. will be accredited with the sighting.
Remember : A good G.O. never forgets there pen & paper.
News this morning was also welcomed as the bird had obviously realised its navigational mistake and flown back to Siberia to be with its family.
A great GOA result.
Friday, 10 August 2007
The GOA should not be confused with units such as :
(the other) AA
There is only one GOA.
Accept no immitations.
I have therefore put into action a protection plan to secure the safety of the bird from the HOARDS of twitchers that shall be attending the 'not so secret' site in kent tomorrow.
My plan is to be on-site early am with other members of the GOA and stage a sit in protest until we are happy with the birds welfare and safety.Once all members of the GOA are satisfied that the twitchers pose no threat we will then 'set about' checking the situation regarding photographers on site as they can, as in many cases be just as bad if not worse than twitchers.
Note : All GOA be alert & vigilant
1. A Twitcher, a poor fellow, who chases around the country looking at Rare Birds, instead of observing the common species and their feeding and reproductive habits in the confounds of your own back garden or local area of common land.
2. A Pager, a tool for the twitcher that bleeps and destroys the piece and quiet in the countryside.
3. A Robin, something we stroke.
4. Bird Table - a G.O.’s most valued possession often gets restocked at least 10 times a day.
5. RSPB Reserve, eg Titchwell or Minsmere, a place were we often flock to in thousands, looking at our guidebooks while tucking into a pink cupcake at the Cafe.
6. Latest Top Optics, A must for any G.O.’s, we wouldn't be a member without them or seen dead with substandard optics.
7. Wax jacket – a Key element of our identity.
8. Fieldcraft – something we lack eg - fingers pointing out of the hide.
9. Lateral vision – never looking up, Ospreys often fly over our heads.
10. Top class hotel – a must for a G.O.’s while visiting RSPB Titchwell or Minsmere.
11. Coach trips with the local RSPB groups, a tri annual event were all the local G.O.’s have a get together and a jolly old hoo haa.
You can't beat a good GOA.
If you find yourself in trouble or need help outside this area then the sensible course of action would be to contact the nearest police station for immediate help.
If that fails there is surely an answer other than suicide this is only to be used as an absolute last resort.
Note: DO NOT ASK A TWITCHER FOR HELP !
Thursday, 9 August 2007
Notice the in depth description of this species making identification easier.
Without such detailed field notes this could have been mistakenly identified.
(Hopefully if i find my crayons it will be published in full technicolour.)
GOA official tour dates :
Shetland : 28.9 - 1.10 (ja,mc,pw,ao)
Scillys : 10.10 - 13.10 (ja,mc,pw,ao,mp,mp,ms + special guests)
Other dates may be added so watch this space.
DO NOT ACCEPT ANY IMITATIONS.
Just being out in the field makes you a General Ornithologist.
Two examples of General Ornithology in the field:
"Is there anything about ?" asked the twitcher.
"Yes there are thousands of guillemots over there" replied the General Ornithologist.
With this reply the twicher looks completely bemussed !
"Have you seen the Little Crake ?" asked the twitcher
"Sorry, we are not Twitchers we are General Ornithologists" replied the General Ornithologists.
With this reply the twitcher looks suicidal !
General Ornithologists are revered by the twitching fraternity.
Watch Them !
All comments writen in this blog are the opinions of General Ornithologists NOT TWITCHERS !
If you are in any way offended by comments made by the non-twitching kind of birder then please leave immediately.
Otherwise enjoy !