Posts tagged with ‘2011’

Bird of the Year 2011

As I mentioned in BOTY:BPIASR, I’ve been a bit slow about this because it wasn’t a particularly interesting year for birds.But there were a few things worth a shout-out, including some I’d forgotten — I’m not very efficient with the records. Last year waxwing was my Bird of the Year, and I could do worse than go […]

Bird of the Year 2011: best performances in a supporting role

I’ve been rather laggardly about doing BOTY this year because I had such an underwhelming year for birds. But I thought I should keep up the tradition, and  as the end of January approaches I’d better get on with it. Best Plant I went on a jaunt to a quarry in Essex which has some […]

The 7th annual Christmas stuffing post

It’s time for the most pointless Christmas tradition of them all! We’re having goose this year instead of turkey, but naturally I’m doing stuffing to go with it. As usual I’ve made two versions using a base of sausagemeat. Normally they both have sausage, onion, celery, breadcrumbs and egg, but my sister isn’t eating wheat, […]

Books of the year 2011

I guess if I was a newspaper I would have published this rather earlier to serve as Christmas gift buying suggestions. Still, friends and family be damned, you can always buy them for yourself as New Year presents. As ever, these are just a handful of the books that I enjoyed this year; for a […]

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2011

It’s that time of year again. Time for some citizen science! I got off to a great start with two siskins, and ended up with a respectable 17 species: Blue Tit × 6 Great Tit × 4 Long-tailed Tit × 3 Chaffinch × 5 Greenfinch × 7 Goldfinch × 3 Siskin × 2 Dunnock Robin Blackbird Nuthatch × 2 Woodpigeon × 2 Feral Pigeon […]