A sighting of a fieldfare* while on holiday a few weeks back brought back happy memories of my days as a member of the YOC or Young Ornithologists' Club, the youth wing of the RSPB (now, sadly, rebranded as the far more prosaic Wildlife Explorers).
I've always had a keen eye for spotting birds, and my interest was rekindled by reading the excellent book How to be a Bad Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes. But I'd like to lay my hands on a really good field guide, because while the RSPB's site is really excellent for helping you to identify birds from their plumage and call, that's no good when you're out and about. I can't count the number of times I've been on the allotment or out on a walk when I've seen a bird and wished I could check what it was.
So, if you can suggest a comprehensive, compact guide to the birds of Britain, let me know in the comments below.
*Yes, I still draw childish pleasure from the fact that the thrush family have the Latin name Turdus ...