Not so common Nightingale

A real island rarity: Common Nightingale discovered late afternoon

A real island rarity: Common Nightingale discovered late afternoon

Caught and ringed before being released unharmed

Caught and ringed before being released unharmed

Taking vital wing measurements...

Taking vital wing measurements…

...and looking at feather detail

…and looking at feather detail

Our second spring Common Rosefinch also arrived today

Our second spring Common Rosefinch also arrived today

Saturday 13th June comments: Since the westerly winds have dominated since early May, bird migration has been slow with very slim pickings for those interested in the passerines which move through the island. However today we experienced and easterly backed wind and it produced…

Late afternoon produced a scattering of common migrants whilst our second spring Common Rosefinch was discovered in the top garden near the main Lighthouse. However it was the appearance of another bird which caught the imagination; a Common Nightingale! The bird, elusive at first, was eventually caught and ringed and represents the 21st island record.

It also represents our latest spring record eclipsing the previous seen on 8th June and despite over twenty records, only three have been seen since 1990 (mirroring the national decline) with birds in April 2012, August 2006 and June 1996 so a good island bird!

The Isle of May is never dull whether it’s the thousands of seabirds, Killer Whales passing or unusual birds arriving, you just can’t take your eyes off it.

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