Greenish Warbler!

Greenish Warbler (down sized)

Greenish Warbler on the May

Greenish Warbler 2

Big eye stripe going on

Thursday 25th August comments: We’ve been waiting for it and sure enough today, the first rare bird of the autumn arrived following a spell of easterly winds. A Greenish Warbler was trapped and ringed on the island this morning, a bird which breeds in north-eastern Europe and winters in Asia.

The island has had fourteen previous records of Greenish Warbler, three in the spring and eleven in the autumn with the last recorded in 2012. It was a welcome arrival this morning as a number of birds were discovered across the island including 20+ Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Reed Warbler amongst others.

The magic of migration can bring in just about any species of bird to the island and with more easterly winds forecast, don’t bet against the Isle of May producing yet more exciting rarities. You heard it here first…

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