August Arrivals

Stunning Wood Warbler caught and ringed

Stunning Wood Warbler caught and ringed

Juvenile cuckoo visiting the island

Juvenile cuckoo visiting the island

Saturday 15th August comments: Welcome to autumn. Confused? Well in the natural world sand therefore August is technically ‘autumn’ as migrant birds start moving south, leaving behind the British Isles on a journey which will take many into Africa and beyond. We’ve already seen Swifts depart these shores and in recent weeks we’ve seen plenty of small birds arrive on the Isle of May on their way south.

Over the last few days with favourable weather conditions, a good scattering of migrants have arrived including the autumn’s first Wood Warbler, Reed Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. Throw in up to twenty Willow Warblers, Whitethroat and Chiffchaffs and you can see that the island has changed from a seabird colony to a migrant service station.

As well as the usual birds, we’ve also had some very unusual arrivals including:

  • Kingfisher on 8th August (only the islands 4th record)
  • Red Kite on 8th & 15th August (only the island 6th record)
  • Quail on 14th August
  • Little Stint on 11th August
  • Ruff two on 10th-11th August
  • Cuckoo on 14th-15th August
  • Crossbill on 10th August

It’s never dull on the Isle of May and we’ll keep you posted of all birds news…so stay tuned!

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