May Delights

Spotted Flycatchers moving through the May (John Nadin)

Spotted Flycatchers moving through the May (John Nadin)

Common migrants like Whitethroats on the move south (John Nadin)

Common migrants like Whitethroats on the move south (John Nadin)

Scarce visitor; islands third Common Rosefinch of the year (David Kinchin-smith)

Scarce visitor; islands third Common Rosefinch of the year (David Kinchin-smith)

Autumn brings Geese; although a bit of an odd sighting as a Graylag Goose meets Gull (Ed Thomson)

Autumn brings Geese; although a bit of an odd sighting as a Graylag Goose meets Gull (Ed Thomson)

Wednesday 9th September comments: Despite the lack of seabirds (all the Puffins have now departed) it still remains an exciting time on the Isle of May. Visitors today were treated to bird ringing demonstrations as they got the chance to see migrant birds in the hand.

With the help of the Isle of May Bird Observatory team, we were able to show people the science behind bird ringing, why we do it and how we do it. Combined with a light easterly wind, the island had a good scattering of common migrants today including the third Common Rosefinch of the year, so we had plenty on offer.

Boats will continue to sail daily to the island (weather dependent) until the end of September and if you are looking for a visit with a difference with the tranquility of an island setting complete with the wonders of migration, then I would highly recommend a visit.

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