Can’t see the wood for the trees!

One of fifty Woodcock which arrived on the island

One of fifty Woodcock which arrived on the island

The eyes have it. Woodcock up close

The eyes have it. Woodcock up close

Wednesday 28th October comments: It was another impressive day on the Isle of May as yet more birds arrived over the course of the day. Unlike the previous day, Blackbirds were a main feature with counts indicating 2,000 birds present on the island (that’s a lot of Blackbirds!). Alongside these continental migrants other Thrushes were very evident including Redwing and Fieldfare.

Of real interest 50 Woodcock were discovered including thirty-seven along the west cliffs and a group of thirteen together near the low light. These cryptic woodland dwellers are escaping the harsh winter of Scandinavia and Russia to winter in Britain and many more will arrive over the next few weeks.

It certainly been a migration spectacular on the Isle of May in recent days as nothing beats the arrival of thousands of Thrushes. And what next? We’ll have to wait and see…

Highlights: Lapwing, Jack Snipe 5, Woodcock 50, Short-eared owl 11 together again, Black Redstart 2, Chiffchaff 15, Blackcap 5, Ring Ouzel 3, Blackbird 2,000, Fieldfare 300, Redwing 500, Song Thrush 100, Brambling 200, Crossbill, Common Redpoll and Reed Bunting.

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