Thursday, June 06, 2013

Happy Citril Finch Day! Phone Message - 5th Anniversary

Happy Citril Finch Day!
Yes, it's the 5th Anniversary, how time flies...

For a blast to the past... This year I'm posting the Audio of my phone message to the answering machine of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory. June 6th 2008 about 1pm. At the time, I was the only one who had seen the bird at the time and I had no idea how rare it was or that it was a first record for Britain. It was also the first time I said the words aloud "Citril Finch" I could barely pronounce it name. Legend! Just re-found this video tape while my wife Liz transferred all of her old video to hard-drive. She over laid video of the Citril Finch as viewed from my garden on that foggy day 5 years ago above the audio message. I think it is so funny, lots of ums and pauses. I'm totally clueless, unexcited and matter of fact, but most importantly I was correct with the identification. 

My son Henry (age 12) who knows all about the Citril Finch from the story being told over & over to B&B guests and birdwatchers had never heard this recording before. Henry laughed and smiled then said..."You sound sort of strange and oddly nervous." Yup, Henry is right again. At the time I had been on Fair Isle for about year and a half embracing birdwatching as a hobby. I had never heard this birds name from anyone or any place, so I knew it was going to be sort of rare, but just how rare? Well, it's still the one and only record of this species in Britain.

Citril Finch in my Auld Haa Garden - June 6th 2008
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Redpoll - Best bird in my garden today.... Cheers!

1 comment:

  1. It's great to hear this historic recording, Tommy! And so understated! So pleased you've kept it!