Monday, December 29, 2008

British couple breaks bird-watching record!

Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, from North Wales, are definitely devoted birders or more correctly, they are twitchers*: A British couple have broken the world record for the number of bird species spotted in a year, after they sold their homes to fund a round-the-world twitching trip. (link via Read more about their obsession on their website: The Biggest Twitch and their blog: The Biggest Twitch Diary *those who travel long distances to see a rare bird that would then be "ticked" off on a "list". I'm very impressed! I love bird watching but I can't imagine selling my home like they did and travelling all round the world to see so many different birds.


  1. All well and good but I think that in this case their hobby has become an obsession, which then consumes them rather than just enjoying it.
    I think that it's rather sad when that happens. xx

  2. Oh, I agree that it has become an obsession for them, flighty. I bet that the average bird watcher (like you and me) are getting just as much enjoyment (perhaps more since we don't have to worry about ticking off a list of birds and constant travel)from the bird watching we do.

    It's also true that most people can't simply sell their home and give up work to travel as this couple, Alan and Ruth, did. They are fortunate that Ruth is a freelance marketing consultant and is also writing a guide book so they will still have a source of income.