Sunday 3rd May comments: It was coming and we knew it. Last night’s Shipping forecast said it all; Forth: East or South-east 4 or 5 increasing 6 or 7 perhaps gale 8 late. The wind, backed with heavy rain made things very difficult and it was a case of catching up with paperwork and staying indoors.
However every cloud really does have a silver lining as by early evening the rain had cleared and we even saw the sun for a brief few hours. Once it was clear a number of migrant birds were discovered including our first Lesser Whitethroat of the spring. However the real drama occurred just after 9pm as dusk was approaching…
Out of the gloom a Great White Egret flew low north over the island and was seen heading towards Crail on the Fife coast. This rare southern European species has never been recorded on the May before so a real bonus bird for the day (and year!).
Today’s Highlights: GREAT WHITE EGRET 1 north at 21:05 (first for the Isle of May), Whimbrel 1, Purple Sandpiper 1, Wood pigeon 1, Collared Dove 1, Swallow 16, Sand Martin 3, Skylark 4, Whinchat, Tree Pipit 2, Wheatear 9, Willow Warbler 5, Chiffchaff 9, Lesser Whitethroat 4 (first of the year), Whitethroat, Blackcap 5 and Reed Bunting.