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Thursday, 14 April 2011

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The blue legged heron looks like a standard heron, but will send twitchers into a frenzy

Bird watchers group the Blue Footed Boobies, have set up a Twitter group called Twitter Twitcher where information on the latest bird movements in the UK are posted to aid fellow bird watchers to locate the most interesting locations to head for.

"Blue Footed Boobies have about three hundred members across the UK," said group organiser, Maggie Pie. "They now have a place to say where the birds are for the benefit of all."

Even though the group has only been active for a week, it already has several thousand followers, including celebrity Twitching Twitters (or Twilebrities, as they are known on Twitter) Rory McGrath and Bill Oddie.

Twitcher Twitter is the fastest growing group on Twitter, indicating that there are more people interested in bird watching than previously thought.

"We knew that there was a lot of people who would be interested," said Miss Pie. "But even we didn't realise how fast the group would grow. Twitter is brilliant."

The sighting of an avocet or sparrow hawk now has thousands of people turning up at the site replete with binoculars, cameras and popup hides. One enterprising twitcher has created an iPhone App that feeds from the Twitter feed, popping in the exact location of the sighting, how far away it is, the probability of it being a wasted journey and how likely the applelet user is to upset their partner.

Maggie Pie was going to show how easy it was to attract a large group of twitchers when Hopeful Bob of Cornwall added a message that a twite had been seen in East Cornwall, quite some distance outside its usual migration stopping off point, and she was off, along with five and a half thousand other twite twatchers of Twitcher Twitter.

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