Posts tagged with ‘2009’

Bird of the Year 2009

Starting with the trainspotter-y listing details: I added three birds to my patch list and three to my British list, one of which was a lifer. Really, that’s not a very good score; I got two lifers and a patch tick in the first week of 2010. But the year had a few highlights nonetheless. […]

Bird of the Year 2009: best performances in a supporting role

Best Plant Provence in May was just a great place for flowers. I claimed on Twitter to have seen nine or ten species of orchid, although it’s entirely possibly I over-claimed, since there tend to be lots of very similar species, some of them are quite variable, and I didn’t have a book with me. […]

Books of the Year 2009

As per usual, these are books I happened to read in 2009, rather than books published in 2009. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller Chaka, Thomas Mofolo Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje Echoes from the Dead Zone, Yiannis Papadakis The Maias, José Maria de Eça de Queirós Across Arctic America, Knud Rasmussen Them, Jon […]

Links of the year 2009

A (not very methodical) selection of the best links I posted over the past year. The ones picked out in green were those which struck me as especially memorable when I looked back. Andy Goldsworthy // Better planning for healthcare — British foods — British wrestling posters // Cardiff at night — Colour-coded children — Composite photos of New York // Dolphins […]

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2009

My list for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch: Blue tit 3 Great tit 2 Long-tailed tit 2 Chaffinch 2 Robin 2 Dunnock 1 Magpie 1 Carrion crow 4 Green woodpecker 1 Town pigeon 4 Woodpigeon 2 Sparrowhawk 1 Which is basically pretty rubbish — it was very quiet today — but is livened up by a […]