Question 5: Do you have a jinx bird? What is it and why is it jinxed?
Is this what birders sometimes call a “bogey” bird? That is one that try as you might, even exploring the right habitats and areas, you never seem to be able to find.
If so, I have many birds that seem to evade me. Some common warblers seem incapable of showing their presence while I’m around, including lesser whitethroat and sedge warbler, and there are some other embarrassing omissions from my list (pintail springs to mind immediately).
I’d count kingfisher in this category – although I’ve seem a good few glimpses of one in my time, this is disproportionate to the amount of time I’ve spent walking down riverbanks and canal paths, and I’ve never had any jaw-dropping plunges or view of perched birds many have had. A flash of azure darting low across the water is always welcome, but sometimes I want a better look.
Also, a recent bogey bird in barn owl. I remember seeing a few as a child, but haven’t seen one in my modern, grown-up, birding days.
But many birds I’d count as jinxes, or bogeys, or whatever you want to call them, I have to lay on my own faults. Missing out on several warblers, and all the uncommon gulls, seems to me more like a fault of my own – my own fieldcraft has probably let me down on numberous occasions, and I’ve more than likely seen much more than I know, and never truly appreciated it for what it is.