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What a record! Red Grouse still here and very settled...

What a record! Red Grouse still here and very settled…

Red grouse; first ever record for the Isle of May

Red grouse; first ever record for the Isle of May

Almost as rare; a Tree Sparrow present on the island

Almost as rare; a Tree Sparrow present on the island

Tuesday 7th April comments: It’s been another action packed day on the May as we’ve been busy team as usual. Our Red Grouse remains and is starting to attract a lot of attention from the birding community. The bizarre arrival has got lots of people talking…just what was this bird thinking when it took flight off the moorland some 25 miles away (at the very least)? I know the Isle of May is well worth visiting, but to fly 6 miles over the sea! Impressive stuff.

On the migration note, a number of birds have been on the move over the island today as the spring gathers momentum. Another unusual visitor was seen; a Tree Sparrow whilst Meadow pipits were streaming over in good numbers. If it’s not seabirds, it migrants. The Isle of May has a lot to offer so come out and see for yourself!

Todays highlights: Red Grouse 1 present for fourth day (first ever record), Peregrine 2, Merlin, Wheatear, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit 248N, Linnet 13N, Tree Sparrow 1 for second day.

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