A Fall is birdwatcher speak for when many migrant birds end up landing in an area after having their travel thwarted, often by bad weather.
Some days on the Isle of May NNR we see this happening. You can wake up in the morning, poke your head outside and there will be birds all over the place.
We’d been getting new birds all week, but today was an interesting day for migrant birds on the island. As we walked around the island it was quite obvious there was a lot of Willow Warblers about. There had been up top 20 about most of the week by the time we’d done a circuit of the island we’d seen at least 85. Many of them had been enjoying gleaning insects off the mass of thistles about the island. The birds were curious as we went about, sitting on top of the vegetation before diving into cover.
This Red-backed Shrike was seen this morning in the top garden. These birds are scarce migrants to Britain. We’ve had two birds this week. This juvenile and an adult female earlier in the week.
David and myself have taken over recording all the migrant birds on the island while the bird observatory is unmanned. We keep a daily log of the birds present.