Friday 19th August comments: As the easterly wind increases and the rain falls, rare and scarce migrant birds are back on the menu on the Isle of May. Having seen the last of the seabirds depart and looking forward to the start of the Grey Seal pupping season, we can expect a few things along the way before then.
The spring was excellent for the May as the records below prove and it hopefully won’t be long before we are shouting about some good birds for the autumn starting this weekend! Fingers crossed and get ready, its migration season!
Spring record from Isle of May
3rd record Citrine Wagtail two previous records in autumn 1968 and 2014
7th record House Sparrow (7 records in last 50 years involving 11 birds)
10th record Subalpine Warbler (first-summer) first since 2007 and DNA testing underway
12th record Leach’s Petrel (caught & ringed) first since 2011
13th record Rustic Bunting (female) last recorded September 1999
16th record Marsh Harrier (female) last recorded in 2013
18th record Thrush Nightingale last recorded in May 2012
8 Bluethroats (6 males, 2 females)
5 Red-backed Shrikes (4 females, 1 male)
2 Red-breasted Flycatchers (both female-types)
2 Treecreeper (first since 2013)
1 Wood Warbler
1 Icterine Warbler