The Troad is a fine field for conjecture and snipe-shooting, and a good scholar may exercise their feet and faculties to great advantage upon the spot
Is this the chaffinch singing contest that was on the Hairy Biker's TV program the other night? It was so bizarre I felt sure it must be a hoax.
Damn, you saw it too. It is! Isn't it the most extraordinary bird-related activity going? FinchingIn some areas of Western Belgium, finching (also called finch singing contests or finch song contests or vinkenzetting) is a popular sport. In a finching contest, a number of cages each housing a male finch are lined up, usually along a street. Every time the bird sings its song (which should be the correct tune!) this is marked with a chalk stripe on a wooden stick, and the bird singing its song the most times during one hour wins the contest.Vinkenzetting, from the Dutch for finch-sitting, is a traditional sport played primarily in the Flemish regions of Belgium. Participants sit in front of caged finches and count how many times each finch sings a particular birdsong (most often transcribed as suskewiet).The oldest known records of vinkenzetting are from 1593; however, it is believed to be considerably older, as the 1593 records were in a context implying that any reader would already be familiar with it.By the late nineteenth century, vinkenzetting's popularity had diminished significantly; however, it saw a resurgence after the First World War, largely because of the large number of newly-blinded veterans who considered themselves unable to participate in other sports. As of 2006, it is estimated that there are over 13000 vinkenier, or "finch-holders".
And here I thought those were starter boxes for a rat race!
no, they are showing off their western grey phase speckled nothawkswho are sitting on top of the boxes
Where is the drinking game part? A drink every time the bird sings would make this more interesting. Has vinkenzetting been cleaned up for television?
I thought they were apprentice snake charmers.
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