Although the thought of driving around the county looking for birds might seem ridiculous just now, perhaps this could be something that we could all look forward to in the spring? Apologies if this has already been discussed but if not here is my proposal...
Date: A weekend in May
Time: 12pm Saturday until 12pm Sunday
Teams: at least 3 per car
Aim: To see or hear as many species as possible within the county boundary within the 24 hour period.
Rules: Lots! but essentially everyone in the team must see or hear the species for it to count (strict BOU only).
Conclusion: We select a pub beforehand, and for a team's score to count they must be in that pub by 12:30 on the Sunday. A penalty system can be in place for every minute late a team is. Over lunch we tally up the scores, the winners are announced and mutterings of suppression can begin...
hopefully this could be something to look forward to throughout these snowy bird-free days.