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May 16 Bird list   Leave a comment

May 2016 bird species in and around our garden:

  • Blackbird;
  • Collared Dove;
  • Siskin;
  • Jackdaw;
  • Crow;
  • House Sparrow;
  • Chaffinch;
  • Robin;
  • Red Kite;
  • Coal Tit;
  • Goldfinch;
  • Greenfinch;
  • Swallow;
  • Blue Tit;
  • Great Tit;
  • Oyster Catcher;
  • Song Thrush;
  • Geese;
  • Buzzard;
  • Swift;
  • Bullfinch;
  • Gull;
  • Wood Pigeon

Posted June 17, 2016 by Alan Clark in Bird, Dumfries and Galloway, Garden, Nature, Village

April 2016 Bird List   Leave a comment

The month of April saw the following birds in or above our back garden:

  • Blackbird
  • Siskin
  • Chaffinch
  • House Sparrow
  • Red Kite
  • Collared Dove
  • Robin
  • Jackdaw
  • Goldfinch
  • Nuthatch
  • Coal Tit
  • Redpoll
  • Great Tit
  • Song Thrush
  • Sparrow Hawk
  • Dunnock
  • Crow
  • Hen (from our neighbour’s again!)
  • Blue Tit
  • Heron
  • Gull (not sure which variety)
  • Greenfinch
  • Swallow

The first of the swallows came in during the last week of the month, days before a late cold blast of snow and frost. Hopefully they found enough insects to keep them going through that unseasonal weather.


Posted May 3, 2016 by Alan Clark in Bird, Garden, Village

Quiz Night   Leave a comment

On Friday I co-hosted a quiz night in the local village hall. This was the first time I’ve ever had to do this and came about because our team won the previous month’s competition. It’s quite hard trying to be competitive in a competition that you don’t want to win, and last month we misjudged it slightly. Meaning that this time around it was the turn of our next door neighbour and myself to set the questions.

So, having agreed to divide the quiz between us, I set about conjuring up five sets of ten questions, and a ten question picture round for the break in the middle of the proceedings. Of course, its easy to set this up, right? I mean, you have google, and bing, and all manner of resources at hand to make the process go smoothly. What can possibly go wrong?

Well, my take on it is as follows:

  1. Unless you want to frustrate your contestants with two rounds of Geography questions, take note of what topics your co-host plans to use
  2. Vary the level of difficulty in your questions
  3. Don’t pick words you find hard to pronounce. You don’t want to be stumbling over some tongue twisting word or phrase, especially if you are someone who dreads public speaking, like me
  4. It’s very hard to gauge how long to wait before starting off the next question. I ended up listening to the general noise level in the room which seemed to rise once the teams had written their answers.
  5. It’s meant to be fun!



Posted March 14, 2016 by Alan Clark in Game, Question, Quiz, Village