Findlay is light years ahead for his age; as is his eight year old brother Harley.
Findlay enjoys all things birds, and football, amongst other things, and his brother is learning the guitar. Two young people that are a credit to their very supportive parents, Nigel and Heather.
A few days earlier, it was Findlay's 11th birthday, and for a surprise, his amazing parents had arranged a surprise for him on Sunday. A group of people, (like minded fellow bloggers, and Tweeters), were to descend upon the Wilde household, and go on a guided tour of Findlay's local patch, led by the birthday boy himself.
After intros, a tea/coffee, and chat; it was time to set off.
The assembled throng outside.
Kane, Heather, Harley
We were soon down by the river, and spotting soaring Buzzards, swimming Coots, and calling Herons.
A few Cormorants about too.
As we all strolled along the river, enjoying the warm sunshine and company, someone cried out, 'Kingfisher!'
There amongst the trees alongside the river, perched a very accommodating bird.
I've never seen a Kingfisher still for so long. A perfect poser. We all managed to get plenty of pictures; even me.
Eventually he flew off, and we all carried on our way.
Of course we stopped again to have the group shots, before heading back.
Left to right: Nigel, Kane, Chris, Trevor, Andrew, Sharon, Gary, Heather, Phil, and at the front, Harley, and Findlay.
On the way back, a few more birds to spot, some more chat, and some more random pictures.
Findlay explaining the finer points of bird ID to Trevor
Eventually we arrived back at the house, after a fantastic walk.
A tasty stew made by Nigel, was next, and very enjoyable. Yum!!!
More chatting, and then time to sing Happy Birthday to the birthday man.
Gary, Findlay, Nigel, Phil
Time to blow out the candles on the birthday cake.
Heather, Harley, Findlay, Chris
And to finish an enjoyable day, some music from Harley.
Thank you for a wonderful day. It was a privilege to be part of a great occasion.