Eastern Promise…


Blyth’s Reed Warbler…fourth record for the island (Bex Outram)


Stripes…an autumn Firecrest (Bex Outram)



Male Ring Ouzel on the move (Bex outram)

Wednesday 5th October comments: We’ve waited several weeks but at last the island has been hit by easterly winds and with it, hundreds of migrant birds. The month of September produced very few favourable winds but this has all changed in the first week of October.

Thrushes like Redwing, Blackbird and Song Thrush have been pouring through the island as they move from northern breeding grounds in Scandinavia to winter in the UK and using the May as a natural arrival point. As well as arrivals, we are also getting departures as birds such as Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Ring Ouzel are heading south for the winter.

As expected the island hasn’t gone without pulling in a few rare and scarce birds, with Little Bunting (a rare eastern Bunting), 10 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Black Redstart, Jack Snipe and Firecrest amongst those arriving. However it was the discovery of a Blyth’s Reed Warbler which set the pulses racing as this was only the islands fourth record; a real rarity from the east. With more east winds forecast, we may be just in for a bit of an exciting few days… 

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