Migration in Action


Good numbers of robins across the island today


Wheatears now on the move!


Goldcrests forage on the ground (the UK’s smallest bird!)


two Short-eared owls remain

Tuesday 5th April comments: Following yesterdays huge arrival of common migrants during the late afternoon, today was even better. The weather gradually improved and as it did, the number of birds discovered on the island was staggering (including 80 Robins and 60 Dunnocks alone!).


These birds are all heading somewhere, either to breeding grounds in the north or returning to the UK from wintering grounds to the south. As the weather caught them out (easterly winds with rain), they’ve used the May as an overnight motel, fueling up and resting. As the weather improves many will move on and I suspect tomorrow most will be gone.

Regardless it was great to see migration in action and it was capped by a herd of 80- Whooper Swans flying north (heading to breed in Iceland). The world of birds is an exciting place and the May is a wonderful location to experience it, so don’t miss out and book a visit today.

Today’s highlights: Whooper Swan 80N, Teal 4, Swallow 2, Sand Martin 1 (first of the year), Fieldfare 120, Redwing 50, Blackbird 50, Song thrush 20, Ring ouzel male (first of the year), Black Redstart 4, Grey Wagtail 1, Dunnock 60, Robin 80, Chiffchaff 15, Blackcap 5, Wheatear 8, Chaffinch 6, Brambling 7 and Yellowhammer (scarce visitor to island).

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