Stars and Stripes

Siberian Striped Sprite! One of ten Yellow-browed Warblers seen today

Siberian Striped Sprite! One of ten Yellow-browed Warblers seen today

Its been a good day for Yellow-browed Warblers!

Its been a good day for Yellow-browed Warblers!

Snipe (pictured) and Jack Snipe seen today

Snipe (pictured) and Jack Snipe seen today

Sunday 4th October comments: As well as Grey Seals the Isle of May is being used by thousands of migratory birds at this time of year. Some are fueling up to head south to warmer wintering grounds whilst others are arriving from the colder north and moving into the UK.

If the weather prevails from the east we expect even more and today was one of those days (although it may be even better tomorrow!). A total of ten Yellow-browed Warblers were discovered across the island having travelled all the way from Siberia. These little stripy gems always brighten any day up but ten is an impressive haul.

Other highlights included the first Brambling and Lapland Bunting of the autumn, 9 Redwing and a scattering of other common migrants. On the wader front Jack Snipe was the pick of the bunch whilst 35 Little Gulls remained offshore. With strengthening winds from the south-east this is not the last time I’ll be mentioning migratory birds this week…

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