Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My Best Moments of 2013

Yesterday I did my blog on the best ringing birds of 2013 and today I am looking back at my best moments of 2013. One from each month, but it was really hard to just pick one.

3rd Jan 2013 - the first time I met Peter and went ringing with him. It was the start of something really special. On that very first time we got a stunning Willow Tit.

On 17th February I got to meet lots of my blogging friends when mum and dad invited them to our house for a special birthday walk. I showed them all my birding patch and a Kingfisher put on a great show for us.

When I was playing in goal for Kingsmead FC last season we made it through to both the league cup final and another final.

In April I was birding on Frodsham Marsh with Mum, Dad and Bill Morton when a Hooded Crow flew over. it was the first and only time I have seen one.

In May I found a Great Spotted Woodpecker nest in the wood where I set up my feeding station. I spent a lot of time filming them and put together this video during the month.

In June I had an amazing experience. I got to see Spring Watch Unsprung being filmed and met Chris, Michaela, Martin and Nick.

In July I had been blogging for a year. it was also the month I had my first go at moth trapping and what an amazing first go it was. In July I finished Primary School.

This was an amazing month as we had 2 brilliant days at the Rutland Bird Fair and I met lots of amazing people and the BTO team including Andy Clements.

with Mark Avery

I started High School this month. This was also the month I showed my best friend Sam his first Kingfisher. He was so excited to see it.

In October I wanted to do something to help stop the badger cull so I made a video as part of a project for school. I was amazed at the response it got and thank everyone for their help in sharing it.

In November I had a guest blog published on Mark Avery's brilliant blog. It was all about trying to get more natural world education in to primary schools.

In December I got an amazing bird on my patch within walking distance from my house. This amazing Bittern.

There was so much more like Red kites with Grandma and body boarding in Cornwall, but I can't fit everything in here.

I hope you all have a really wonderful 2014 and I look forward to hearing about all your adventures.

From Findlay.


  1. You sure had an amazing year Findlay you achieved a lot and met some outstanding people along the way. I'm sure 2014 is going to be an even more exciting time for you...keep on doing what you're doing and best wishes for a super New Year...[;o)

  2. A very full and varied year Findlay; and great to meet you on your birthday and at your Grans.
    If 2014 is half as good, it'll be brilliant.
    All the best to you, Harley and your mum and dad.

  3. i think your birthday birding walk was really special, indeed.

    happy 2014 to you, findlay.

  4. Happy New Year to every one there Finn - hope it will be filled with Wildelife fun for you all



  5. You made your year a dazzling part of your memories and experienced so much other kids your age would only dream of!!! Well done. All year long!!!!

  6. Hi Findlay... Thanks you so much for coming by with Holiday wishes!!
    I had to take a break from posting for a bit, but will be back real soon!!
    You had a fabulous year , and I am so proud of you, so hope that the new year will be even more exciting!!

    "Happy New Year"


  7. I have to say that off all the things you posted here, its your "Is it safe to come out yet" video that is the best - some people say that computers in schools are a waste of time - I should show them your work and see what they say!

    Cheers and have a good New Year - Stewart M - Melbourne

  8. well done Findlay. Today at 11am about 50 Tits were fighting to get on the feeders. I have not seen so many at once. Maybe they know something we don't. Grandpa and myself also saw a Merlin on NYE it flew for a while in front of the car.

    Grandma Isobelle.

  9. Hi Findlay

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Your blog and just knowing about you was one of my highlights for 2013.

    keep it up.

  10. Reading and enjoying your images through 2013 has been great fun, enjoying and to be honest at times inspirational Findlay, your badger video and guest blogs on Mark's blog have been very thought provoking, so one question what was your favourite bird ringed and held (mine was the woodcock).