Three Swallows make a Summer!

Atmospheric photo of the 'Main Light' and the 'Beacon' taken on Monday by visitor Chris Andrews

Atmospheric photo of the ‘Main Light’ and the ‘Beacon’ taken on Monday by visitor Chris Andrews

The impressive west cliffs of the Isle of May

The impressive west cliffs of the Isle of May

Good numbers of Puffins returned to the island today

Good numbers of Puffins returned to the island today

Migrant birds on the move; male Wheatear (Maggie Sheddan)

Migrant birds on the move; male Wheatear (Maggie Sheddan)

Good day for passage; one of two Reed Buntings present (Maggie Sheddan)

Good day for passage; one of two Reed Buntings present (Maggie Sheddan)

 

Thursday 9th April comments: Is this really early April? It’s been another cracking day on the ‘May’ with sunshine and calm conditions (just what the doctor ordered). As we’ve been busy getting on with various island jobs, the seabirds have been getting on with their early preparations to the breeding season.

Huge numbers of Puffins have returned today having been largely absent from the island yesterday whilst on the cliffs, Guillemots and Razorbills are present whilst the number of Shags incubating egg has increased. On the land, Eider ducks have started prospecting (won’t be long before they are on eggs) whilst we still await our first terns (a few weeks off yet).

On the passage migrant front it’s been a good day with steady streams of Meadow Pipits flying north whilst our star bird (the Red Grouse of course!) remains resident. Slowly and surely the summer migrants are moving through the island and we recorded our first Swallows of the year…is it summer? It certainly felt like it today!

Today’s Highlights: Red Grouse 1 (!), Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pipit 357N, Swallow 3N (first of the year), Redwing, Fieldfare, Ring Ouzel male (first of the year), Chiffchaff 3, Goldcrest 13, Siskin 3N, Linnet 6N, Chaffinch, Goldfinch 2N and Reed Bunting 2 males.

Any one visiting the island over the next few days, please note the sailing times of boats;

Friday 10th April:                09:00 sailing

Saturday 11th April:          09:45 sailing 

(please note that early weather indications suggest strong winds for this day and therefore boats may not sail)

Sunday 12th April:             11:15 sailing

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