Birds Galore!

One of up to 40 Pied Flycatchers present on the Isle of May (Bex Outram)

One of up to 40 Pied Flycatchers present on the Isle of May (Bex Outram)

No tree cover here! Garden Warbler showing well.

No tree cover here! Garden Warbler showing well.

Rare find; One of four Icterine Warblers present (Iain English)

Rare find; One of four Icterine Warblers present (Iain English)

Monday 24th August comments: When it’s good, it good. As the Isle of May sticks six miles out into the North Sea and favourable weather conditions prevail (mainly easterly backed winds) the island can be covered in small migrant birds.

Yesterday was one of those days and the island was carpeted with birds as everything from Cuckoos to Willow Warblers were present with the odd rarity including four Icterine Warblers, two Barred Warblers and a Wryneck discovered. It was great to experience and it’s just part of the magic which makes up the Isle of May. Yesterday’s totals are shown below, well worth a read!

Yesterday (Sunday 23rd) highlights: Sparrowhawk 2, kestrel 5, Peregrine 1, Common Sandpiper 6, Green Sandpiper 1, Wood Sandpiper 1, Snipe 1, Cuckoo 1 juvenile, Wryneck 1, Chiffchaff 2, Willow Warbler 35, Garden Warbler 5, Barred Warbler 2, Icterine Warbler 4, Reed Warbler 5, Pied Flycatcher 40, Spotted Flycatcher 4, Fieldfare 2, Redstart 2, Whinchat 15, Wheatear 4, Grey Wagtail 1, Tree Pipit 6 and Reed Bunting 2.

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