Collared Flycatcher – Southwell, Portland, Dorset

I hadn’t had a tick for 1303 days and had let Dad have my pager and I wasn’t sure when I would next twitch a bird. Peter texted me on the Thursday night to ask whether I realised that there was a Collared Flycatcher at Portland, Peter had seen the bird that morning. He suggested that if it was still there Friday morning then it would probably be there after work for me on the Friday evening […]

White-throated Sparrow – Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire

The Scillies had been relaxing and enjoyable with some great birds but no new ticks. We had seen Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Bluethroat, Ortolan Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Barred Warbler, Citrine Wagtail and 200 Great Shearwaters. We were approaching the end of October and with nothing new since the Pallid Harrier in early August […]

Pallid Harrier – Elmley, Kent

We had been invited to stay with the Kirkbys for the weekend of the 10th and 11th August as it was Alex’s 3rd birthday party. Sara and I had decided to take both cars so that I could go straight to Fairoak from work on Friday night. Sara was due to have Hannah and Alex Shenton but Alex had football training and Hannah had a bug so it meant that Sara could head straight to Fairoak whenever she wanted, she arrived there at about 3pm. I left the office at about 5:15pm […]

Elegant Tern – Dawlish Warren, Devon

After my failed attempt to see the Devon Elegant Tern there was plenty of discussion on the internet over the identity of the growing number of orange-billed terns that had been seen since May. Paul Marshall’s original Dawlish Tern (18th May) was followed by a tern which moved between Belgium (7th June), Holland (9th-10th June) and then Norfolk (20th June) and then finally the 2nd Dawlish bird (8th July) […]