Barnstorming Day!

Short-eared owl...one of 11 seen together today!

Short-eared owl…one of 11 seen together today!

And even bigger numbers of Redwing; almost 5,000!

Huge numbers of Redwing over today; almost 5,000!

Good numbers of Fieldfare over

Good numbers of Fieldfare over

Tuesday 27th October comments: The weather in recent days has deteriorated as a south-easterly weather-front has dominated but it’s also brought a huge number of Thrushes and a few surprises along the way.

Fieldfares, Redwings and Blackbirds are moving from Scandinavian to winter within the UK and various locations down the east coast have reported good numbers of all three species. The Isle of May is no different and today over 5,000 were logged as they migrate over to the nearby mainland. The air has literately been filled with the calls of birds as they head west although it hasn’t all been about Thrushes.

Other highlighted have included eleven Short-eared Owls together whilst a roosting Barn Owl in the Byers buildings was the first on the island in eight years! Almost 300 Brambling were recorded alongside a host of other species with highlights shown below.

With the weather remaining in the south-east, I suspect the next few days might bring even more but we’ll just have to wait and see….

Monday 26th October highlights: Whooper Swan 20 west, Mediterranean Gull 3 (2 adults and 2nd winter), Great Skua 3S, Arctic Skua 1S, Woodcock 1, Short-eared Owl 5, Redwing 777, Fieldfare 178, Brambling 244, Black Redstart male and Twite 2.

Tuesday 27th October highlights: Peregrine, Merlin 2, Jack Snipe 5, Snipe 8, Woodcock 15, Short-eared Owl 11 (together!), BARN OWL discovered roosting (first since 2007) Skylark 17 west, Redwing 4,539 west, Fieldfare 858 west, Blackbird 541 west, Ring Ouzel 3, Brambling 300 and Black Redstart 4.

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