Floodgates open…

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well...on the ground. Isle of May birding...

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well…on the ground. Isle of May birding…

One of eight Yellow-browed Warblers today

One of eight Yellow-browed Warblers today

Seven up! One of seven jack Snipe present today on the island

Seven up! One of seven jack Snipe present today on the island

A good scattering of the UK's smallest bird; the Goldcrest (Bex Outram)

A good scattering of the UK’s smallest bird; the Goldcrest (Bex Outram)

Floodgates open; thrushes (especially Redwing) galore

Floodgates open; thrushes (especially Redwing) galore

Monday 5th October comments: As predicted the winds turned to the south-east, visibility reduced (due to heavy rain) and the migrant birds arrived…in their hundreds. The floodgates literally opened as the air was filled with the distinct calls of migratory Redwings whilst the cliffs were alive with warblers and crests flitting about in search of food.

The list of birds was impressive; Redwings from Scandinavia, Yellow-browed Warblers from Siberia, Jack Snipes from Russia, Swallows from the UK…we had it all. With more favourable conditions for grounding migrants, we are expecting many more over the next few days so keep checking the blog for updates…

Todays Highlights: Jack Snipe 7, Short-eared Owl 4, Richard’s Pipit 1 (first since 2002), Redwing 465, Song Thrush 100, Ring Ouzel 5, Pied Flycatcher 1, Yellow-browed Warbler 8, Brambling 6, Reed Bunting 3 and Lapland Bunting 1.

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