Migration in Action


September will be peak time for Goldcrest migrating


Blackcaps on the move south

Rin Ouezel (Bex)

Scarcer birds like Ring Ouzels will be recorded

Tuesday 16th August comments: The Isle of May is a heaven for wildlife regardless of the time of year. Whether its seabirds in the summer, seals in the winter or migrating birds during the spring and autumn the island offers a valuable sanctuary for all wildlife.

Now we have reached mid-August, thousands of summer migrants are heading south and utilising the Isle of May as a place to rest, feed and then move one. Birds which have been breeding further north, in northern Scotland and beyond are now filtering there way south for the winter.

This early period brings lots of Willow Warbler and Wheatears but gradually a wider variety of species will pass through with September being the busiest month with everything from flycatchers to Owls being recorded. As part of this we’ll be ringing birds with the Isle of May Bird Observatory; so if you visit, keep your eyes peeled as you’ll be amazed at what you’ll see.

Recent migration highlights:

Sun 14th August: Willow Warbler 30, Sedge Warbler, Wheatear 7

Mon 15th August: Willow Warbler 20, Garden Warbler, Wheatear 6 and Robin 3

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