Record Year!

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Long staying Little Bunting still here; was ringed on 7th October

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Good numbers of Woodcock on the move…

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Sad decline. We don’t get many so this Greenfinch was a welcome arrival

Sunday 16th October comments: It just hasn’t stopped. Since the wind switched to the east almost two weeks ago the Isle of May has been buzzing with life as thousands of migratory birds have been recorded passing through.

Today produced a few long stayers including a Little Bunting (first ringed on 7th October), the Great Grey Shrike for its third day as well as Barred Warbler and Firecrest. As well as these rare species, we’ve also continued to have lots of others birds including two Greenfinch, 15 Reed Buntings, 5 Siskin and 120 bramblings to name but a few.

However it was two reasonably ‘common’ mainland birds which caught the eye; our first Little Grebe since 2011 and Bullfinch since 2013. Both these birds took our annual total to 170 species – a new record for the island for the number of species recorded in a single year! So good times and it reflects the year the island has had. The Isle of May, its never dull…

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