The Famous Grouse

Red Grouse on the uplands...of the Isle of May!!! (photo: Gill Howie)

Red Grouse on the uplands…of the Isle of May!!! (photo: Gill Howie)

Really? Could it be? Red Grouse meets Puffins? (photo: Gill Howie)

Really? Could it be? Red Grouse meets Puffins? (photo: Gill Howie)

Touch down, Red Grouse on the Isle of May (photo: Gill Howie)

Touch down, Red Grouse on the Isle of May (photo: Gill Howie)

I'll toast that! The real famous Red grouse

I’ll toast that! The real famous Red grouse

Monday 6th April comments:  Only one word can sum it up; remarkable. The Isle of May has attracted some extremely rare birds in its time and boasts several ‘first’ for Britain but can this top the lot?

In the last few days a RED GROUSE has been present on the island favouring the area near the jetty and south horn. Although reasonably common in the upland heather moorlands of Scotland and northern England, birds rarely venture away from their favoured habitat so for one to appear here is remarkable (we only ever expected to have one in a bottle on here!) The Isle of May is 6 miles from the nearest landfall and although a few coastal records do exist no one saw this coming.

The bird was photographed by Gill Howie who was visiting yesterday and kindly agreed to let me use her photos to share the remarkable news of this ‘first’ for the isle of May (thank you Gill!). It really is an astonishing record and with the nearest Red Grouse populations more than 20 miles away, you have to ask the question of what was it doing and where was it going!?

So Red Grouse now on the ‘May’ list, what next? Pheasant anyone?

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