Spain have the cup, but that falls into insignificance when weighed against my special mug. A birthday gift from my mate Sam and more than worthy of a place on my blog.
Modesty prevents me from explaining the inscription, however I will say that the owl in the hat is Ogwin Short Ears (don't ask) one of the Short Eared Owls which wintered at Prestwick Carr. Photo taken by Sam of course. It was an exceptionally cold day, as you can see!
The mug is to be kept for special occasions. I'm just thinking I could use it to celebrate lifers, so as to ensure it will last.
''Use the talents you possess - for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.”-- Henry Van Dyke.
If you think the common can be as exciting as the rare then this blog may be for you, as it attempts to express my passion for birds and nature. All are part of my daily life and my home patch is all within walking distance of my home, although I often explore wider areas. I ought to be described as a naturalist rather than a birder. I believe that all who take an interest in nature will be well rewarded, but that such rewards ought not to be without reciprocation. My own contribution is made by volunteering, much of which is done in an attempt to help others share in the experience of the natural world. I attempt to reflect my interest in conservation and the fact that I believe the future of a natural world seriously in trouble relies very much relies on an openness of information to all responsible people. Responsible being the key word, and I therefore hope to keep the welfare of wildlife paramount at all times.