I am, I confess, a keen birdwatcher. I'm not one of these people that will travel 300 miles in the night because a stray warbler of a rare kind has been seen far from its normal range, but I enjoy a ramble with a pair of binoculars. It is fair to say that we have few exotic-looking birds in the UK, but we do have quite a variety of species and it's always a thrill to see something that you don't normally encounter. Recently, for example, I saw great-spotted woodpeckers for the first time in Scotland. I'd seen them in other countries, but not around where I live. I've been lucky enough to visit more than 40 countries and I always keep a list of birds that I've seen. I counted around 130 species when I lived in East Africa for two years, though spotting 76 different birds during 12 days in Sri Lanka was a pretty good return. Any other birders out there or I am just a lone oddball?