Migrant Madness

Scarce visitor to the island; but we had three!

Scarce visitor to the island; but we had three!

An 'upland Blackbird'; Male Ring Ouzel

An ‘upland Blackbird’; Male Ring Ouzel

An impressive number of Tree Pipits arrived on the May

An impressive number of Tree Pipits arrived on the May

No hiding; Whitethroat feeding on the rocks

No hiding; Whitethroat feeding on the rocks

This is no woodland; a male Redstart on passage

This is no woodland; a male Redstart on passage

Wednesday 6th May comments: The Isle of May was alive with birds last night as following a day of heavy rain and onshore winds, a deluge of migrants had arrived. It almost felt like a different day in the early evening as the heavy rain had given way to bright sunshine and beautiful calm conditions. The result?

Migrants galore! We don’t often get large spring ‘falls’ of birds but this was a good one as the island felt more like a mainland woodland as several birds were singing including Cuckoo. The totals were impressive especially Tree Pipits which appeared to be just about everywhere you walked whilst a few new birds for the year were seen including our first Swift of the summer.

Highlights:  Common Sandpiper 2 (first of the year), Swift (first of the year), Cuckoo 3 including one singing, Ring Ouzel male, Fieldfare 5, Redstart 10, Whinchat 5, Wheatear 25, Yellow Wagtail male, ‘White’ Wagtail 2, Tree Pipit 50, Chiffchaff 20, Willow Warbler 5, Blackcap 12, Garden Warbler 4, Whitethroat 10, Lesser Whitethroat 4, Sedge Warbler,  Spotted Flycatcher 2 (first of the year), Pied flycatcher 5 (first of the year), Brambling and Reed Bunting

That’s some list of birds! Now on with the serious business of the seabirds…

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