Continuing our second 8 of Patch Rarities, the first in this series was bizarre to say the least as we caught no more than a few fleeting glimpses of a
tooing and froing as it progressed to the west along our beat of the River Stour. However, maybe not such a strange sight as a Common Tern was reported further north along the river, close to Wimbourne, a matter of a few days later.
has also only been registered here on a single occation, but a fine male at that, but had Dave Foot not been in attendace some years later the
which graced Dorset airspace for several days would not have been seen at all from the Irrigation Pond. The only
were noted transiting the Heath in a north westerly direction with the presumed same birds being reported again from the village of Alner, Dorset (in that direction) the following day.
A considered 'rarety' indeed was the lone
in company with a dozen or more Common Swifts (which are scarce enough here in their own right) so not upstaged by our only winter
but mightily upstaged by a Rare