East Wind Still Blows

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Immature Great Grey Shrike caught and ringed

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Common Redpoll invasion continues

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Low Lighthouse and the raging sea

Saturday 15th October comments: Its been an epic few weeks on the May as migratory birds have been arriving in their thousands and in the last 24 hours it appears to have cranked up a notch.

The island has been carpeted with migrants with some of the figures looking impressive with 300 Robins, 400 Goldcrest, 71 Blackcaps, 80 Chiffchaffs, 199 Brambling amongst thousands of Thrushes. As you would expect we’ve had a few rare birds as well with Dusky Warbler and Olive-backed Pipit over the last two days alongside Long-eared Owl and four Short-eared Owls.

However the presence of a ‘butcher bird’ (a Great Grey Shrike) has kept everything on its toes as these predatory birds will kill the smallest of birds from Robins to Goldcrests, so its one to watch out for! The wind has continued to blow from the east which is producing some impressive heavy seas but will it continue? Will more birds arrive and how are our Grey Seal pups doing? All will be revealed…

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