Winter Birding

Wednesday 16th November comments: As the Grey Seals are now dominating, it’s interesting to see the change in birdlife around the island. The majority of migratory birds have now moved through as our summer birds are now in southern climes whilst wintering Thrushes have moved through onto the nearby mainland.

The sea’s surrounding the island are proving productive as Grebes, winter Ducks and Divers have now taken up residence whilst Peregrine, Merlin and Short-eared Owl are using the island as a winter retreat.

The small pockets of shrubs and bushes now support small wintering population of Robins, Wrens and Dunnocks whilst the occasional migrant will still appear in the form of Woodcock, Snipe and Snow Bunting. Bolstered by winter waders such as Turnstone and Purple Sandpiper, the Isle of May remains a sanctuary for all wildlife throughout the year and you just can’t take your eyes off it!

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