American Cliff Swallow – Portland Naval Cemetery, Dorset

On Thursday my pager bleeped at work and I knew that this meant mega alert and that a major rarity had turned up. In a perverse way I prayed it wasn’t in Dorset and I was therefore slightly relieved to see it was on the Scillies. It was, however, a bird I needed (American Cliff Swallow) and a very rare one at that. I rang Peter who had already had the mega alert on his pager and he had already made some tentative plans to twitch Scilly at the weekend, probably with Richard Baatsen […]

Olivaceous Warbler – Portland Bill, Dorset

Early July is traditionally a quiet time for rarities being too late for spring migrants and too early for autumn vagrants. We were visiting Mum & Dad in the Caravan at Calshot and the hot weather made it a lazy relaxing day. At around 3pm, however, the pager attached to my belt shattered the calm with a Mega Alert. An Olivaceous Warbler had been trapped and ringed at Portland Bill, it had been released into the Observatory quarry but had not been seen since […]