Today we found the third-ever Olive-backed Pipit for Sussex while guiding Duncan and Alice at Cissbury Ring. Alarm bells rang when a pipit with a thin, buzzy call moved around the lower sections of some bushes by one of the northern paths. Eventually it appeared in the open for a few seconds before flying off north-west.
The two prevous records were at Seaford in 2003 and Beachy Head in 1987.
It just goes to show, you never know what you're going to encounter on a day in the field, and Duncan and Alice certainly went home with an excellent bonus bird!