Thursday 6th October comments: It keeps on going. the easterly winds continued unabated and the birds continued to arrive with hundreds of Redwing, Song Thrush and blackbirds scattered across the island.
Today our star bird was another eastern Siberian gem; a Radde’s Warbler, only the eighth record for the island and first since 2013. Other ‘goodies’ included a Little Bunting, at least 9 Yellow-browed Warblers still present and a Barred Warbler (another eastern scarcity). Interestingly we caught another Firecrest (after yesterday bird was caught and ringed) and both birds were present today, whilst a Long-eared owl was noteworthy.
It’s been an epic two days as the highlights lists below will testify and tomorrow we go again; its easterly winds, its the Isle of May, its going to be rare.
Wed 5th October: Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Little Bunting, 10 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel and Jack Snipe
Thurs 6th October: Radde’s Warbler, Barred Warbler, 9 Yellow-browed Warblers, Little Bunting, 2 Firecrest, Long-eared Owl and 2 Jack Snipe.