Red Letter Day!

Juvenile Red-footed Falcon on the May (David Kinchin-smith)

Juvenile Red-footed Falcon on the May (David Kinchin-smith)

Blurred but distinct...(David Kinchin-smith)

Blurred but distinct…(David Kinchin-smith)

Under-wing pattern (David Kinchin-smith)

Under-wing pattern (David Kinchin-smith)

Upperwing as it fly's away (David Kinchin-smith)

Upperwing as it fly’s away (David Kinchin-smith)

Monday 14th September comments: WOW! Only word for it. The day started with light rain and a north-easterly wind before gradually easing and brighter spells followed early afternoon. Over the last few days a noticeable arrival of raptors (presumably from Scandinavia) had arrived on the May including up to eight Kestrels and topped off by a juvenile Honey Buzzard.

However that was all eclipsed when mid-afternoon a juvenile Red-footed Falcon was discovered hawking insects at the south end of the island. The bird has remained on the island since and has showed well to all those admiring this rare eastern visitor.

This represents only the third ever Isle of May record following individuals on 5-12 May 1969 and 19 May 1973, so we’ve waited some time for another! Its a tremendous bird and we’ll keep you posted if the bird remains.

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