May the rares be with you…

Pallid Harrier first for the Island of may seen flying north then south! (Bex Outram)

Pallid Harrier first for the Island of may seen flying north then south! (Bex Outram)

One of two Olive-backed Pipits seen over the weekend (Bex Outram)

One of two Olive-backed Pipits seen over the weekend (Bex Outram)

Hoopoe stayed for seven days (Bex Outram)

Hoopoe stayed for seven days (Bex Outram)

First Red-breasted Flycatcher of the autumn (Andy Denton)

First Red-breasted Flycatcher of the autumn (Andy Denton)

Three male Firecrest arrived over the weekend with one still present (Bex Outram)

Three male Firecrest arrived over the weekend with one still present (Bex Outram)

Wednesday 14th October comments: It’s been some spell of birding since the start of October as the island has welcomed a variety of rare birds including the first ever record of Pallid Harrier. The island has been alive with migrants as birds from all parts of the globe have been seen including rarities from much further afield.

A summary of the major highlights can be seen below and just gives a flavouring of just how good things have been. With still a few weeks left of the migration period anything is possible…

  • Pallid Harrier                     1 juv on 10th then again on 12th (first record for the May)
  • Olive-backed Pipit             1 on 11th with 2 togther on 12th (5th & 6th records)
  • Red-throated Pipit             1 on 6th (3rd record for island)
  • Richards Pipit                      1 on 5th (first since 2002)
  • Hoopoe                                    1 on 6th-12th (first since 2008)
  • Firecrest                                  3 on 11th-12th with single on 13th-14th
  • Yellow-browed Warbler  Daily since 2nd with peak of 10 on 4th
  • Red-breasted Flycatcher  1 on 12th
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