Migrants on the move

Scarce visitor to the island; an immature Glaucous Gull

Scarce visitor to the island; an immature Glaucous Gull

Male Ring Ouzel; one of three recorded recently (Mark Newell)

Male Ring Ouzel; one of three recorded recently (Mark Newell)

Bird ringing on the May; male Blackcap in the hand

Bird ringing on the May; male Blackcap in the hand

Thursday 23rd April comments: As spring advances so do the migrant birds as the island is ideally situated for a north-south flyway. This time of year has lots of interest as birds are leaving the UK to head north to breeding grounds having wintered here whilst summer migrants are arriving having spent the winter in southern Europe and beyond.

Today produced an immature Glaucous Gull, the same individual as seen on 4th April whilst a scattering of summer migrants included Tree Pipit, 3 Blackcaps and a handful of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.

With thousands of seabirds, migrants on the move and the potential of the complete unexpected, is it not time you visited the May?

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