Tuesday, 24 November 2009

A counter and two pic's.

First a couple of images from my friend Paul Baker over there in BC Canada. Its really good to have made contact and gained permission to post some of Paul's excellent pics on Birds2blog. This one of the Long-billed Dowitcher is a species we've seen on the blog before but its another good shot of these two birds with some attractive reflections.

And the Lesser Yellowlegs, which has to be my favourite 'yank' as I have been fortunate enough to have found two over the years, both at Leighton Moss and both on the Eric Morecambe complex. This image has even more attractive reflections than the LBD one.

After running the blog for over twelve months I have decided to install a Flag Counter. I thought it would be interesting to see where visitors to Birds2blog actually came from. If I read all the facts correctly the counter only records a visitor on his/her first visit and then not thereafter, in other words it has already counted my visit and won't ever do so again, and the same goes for 'you'. The counter therefore doesn't count the number of 'hits' and I've never wanted one that did.

So the last laugh could be on me when in a years time the counter has registered just a couple of dozen Union Jacks indicating I've been posting virtually to myself for 2 years and nobody outside the UK has ever visited Birds2blog......Oh dear!!


Phil said...

Hi Peter

Your counter adds another dimension to your blog. With my own blog I find it amazing where some readers are located - just shows what a world wide phenomenon birding is now. I still think it would be good to have an overall count as well, but you pays your money and takes your choice as they say.


Warren Baker said...

As Phil said, you would be amazed how people find your blog. Looks like the counter is already getting results!

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for comments Phil/Warren.

You will notice the counter has returned to the beginning because I clicked the wrong key on trying to edit it (like one does on occasions) and lost the bloody thing we go again.

You're right about the hit counter Phil but as I never got round to it from the start I've decided its a bit too late to bother now.

sharon said...

There you go Pete, Ireland should now be added to your counter!
Nice photos, like you said the reflections in the 2nd one are great.

Pete Woodruff said...

Sharon, you're a star......OK an 'Irish Star' and yes the flag is there.

As you can see I have nothing better to do than to stare at my computer screen and reply to you in under 15 minutes but its all vey much worth while.

Thanks again Sharon.

Colin Bushell said...

I suppose notching up a Brazilian flag for me would be cheating? After all I am spending more time here than in the UK at the moment .....


Ray said...

How do I get one!!!!! says Ray on the arch-rival mostlybirdingwithray blog.

Pete Woodruff said...

Ahhhh! But its there Colin and this is the interesting bit......someone else also visited from Brazil as the counter only records individual visitors once the not again thereafter, therefore I'm expecting the Union Jack to seize up any time now, or do I really get 50 hits in 24 hours.

hanum said...

Flag counter is simple and low bandwidth use than Feedjit live traffic feed;)