Most people, on seeing, say, an unusual bird in their garden, will want to know what it is. What’s its name? The pleasure of seeing the bird is incomplete without identifying it. Some people take this to extremes and become birders with big lists and big petrol bills. Some people go further. This blog is going to cover anything and everything to do with my personal natural history quest which has so far resulted in me seeing 5,397 species in Britain and Ireland at last count (7.ii.2009).
The idea of an “identification junkie” I first heard from Ian Green of Greentours – he is one!