Equippedonlywith a pair of binoculars(双筒望远镜) and ready to spendlonghourswaiting in all weathers for a preciousglance of a rarebullfinch(红腹灰雀). Britain’s birdwatchers had longbeensupposed to be lovers of a minoritysport. But new figuresshowbirdwatching is fastbecoming a popularpastime, withalmostthreemillion of us absorbed in our flutteringfeatheredfriends.
Devotedbirdwatchers, thoseprepared to travelthousands of miles for a sighting of a rareSiberianbird are fastbeingjoined by a new breed of followerwhoseinterest is satiated by watching a few finches(雀科鸣鸟) on a Sundaywalk or putting up a bird-box in the backgarden.
“Almostthreemillion UK birdwatchers is certainlypossible if you includeeveryonewithonly a casualinterest.” StephenMosssaid in his newlypublishedbook－A Bird in the Bush a SocialHistory of Birdwatching－whichrecords the pursuitfrom the richVictorianEnglishman’s love of shootingrarebirds to the lessoffensiveobservationaltendencies of birdwatcherstoday.
Televisionwildlifeprogrammeshavehelped to fuel the new trend . Lastsummer ,BBC 2’s BritainGoesWild was a surprisesuccess .It pulled in threemillionviewers and led to bird-housesselling out across the UK as 45,000 peoplepromised to put up a box.
Birdwatchers’ networkingsystemfirstcame to the attention of the nation in 1989, when a birdwatchercaughtsight of the firstVermivorachrysoptera-a golden –wingedsongbirdfromNorthAmerica－to be seen in Britain. He put a message our on the networkserviceBirdline, and the next day 3,000 birdwatchersproved the fellpull of a trulyrarebird as theyvisited the Tesco car park in Kent, where it had settled. Today, birdwatchers can log on to www.birdline.co.uk or havenews of the latestsightingstexted to theirphones.
“Multimillion-poundspending on, binoculars, birdfood and boxespoint to the increasingnumbers of birdwatchers,” saidDavidCromack, the editor of BirdWatchingmagazine “The number of peopleinvolved is so big thattheyhavegreatpotential to influencegovernmentdecisionsaffecting the environment.” 【題組】76.
The word “satiated” in paragraph 2 can best be replaced by “ ”.
(A)affected (B)shared (C)satisfied (D)narrowed
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combination of character, charm, and conveniencetheycraved.
(A) expired (B) frustrated (C) relished (D) satiated