Saturday, 25 December 2010

Back to the Future? 25th December

Merry christmas everybody and especially to all those birders who find the opportunity to ditch the family and get out into the field (or even better convince family members it's a good idea to go out birding!). Somebody may have forgot to buy a christmas present or three and the turkey is still alive, let alone cooked, so it's best just to pick up your bins and run out the door. There could be a Ross's Gull out there!
Spare a thought for poor old Gullface Derek this christmas......because I won't. He's having a ball of a time on his Atkins Diet in the Desert, he's actually now passed his gull quota for next year so when he comes back he'll be in a stinker of a mood. No gulls for Derek next year or the Lariditis might come back and it'll be time for Mr. Box to come out again. That Great Crested Grebe photo was for free by the way.

On this day (apart from Jesus being born):
  • 800 – Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.
  • 1066 – William the Conqueror is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
  • 1950 – The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951.
  • 1989 – Nicolae Ceau┼čescu, former communist dictator of Romania and his wife Elena are condemned to death and executed under a wide range of charges.
  • 1990 – The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.
  • 2003 – The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe, released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.
  • 2004 – Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
While the diehards in Northern Ireland scored the following in yesteryears:

A Swallow was at Bangor (1984)
A Ring-necked Duck was at Begney Lough, Dromara (1998)