1 Apr 2019

1 Apr 19 - Rare 'Scottish' Migrant Roosting At Corfe Castle

The local roads have been very busy over the last couple of weekends as there were many people arriving to twitch the rare 'Scottish' migrant that has recently arrived in the Swanage & Corfe Castle area. I managed to see it on 22 Mar before it left its Swanage roost. Therefore, I felt I could avoid the clogged up local roads over that weekend. After a few days, it moved a new roost site at Corfe Castle. With the clock change, there was the opportunity to have another look after work, as it roosted at Corfe Castle. I had heard it was visible from the platform of the Corfe Castle station.
Corfe Castle: This is my favourite station on the local heritage railway line
Walking to the end of the platform, I found a family had already found the roost site.
Flying Scotsman: She will be at Corfe Castle until 10 Apr
Flying Scotsman: A closer view
The last time the Flying Scotsman visited the Swanage heritage line was 1994 which helped to explain why the visit was particularly well received.
Flying Scotsman: Swanage (22 Mar 19)
It was good to see this impressive & icon steam engine, which was the first British train to exceed 100 mph, in the local area. Hopefully, it will help to generate some additional funds for the heritage railway.
One of the other heritage line trains pulls out of Swanage: With that amount of smoke it's not a bad thing that we have switched to cleaner trains, away from the heritage lines (22 Mar 19)