Migrants on the May

Black redstart (Iain English)

Cracking male Black Redstart (Iain English)


Good scattering of migrants

Wednesday 29th March comments: We are back and we’ve been busy. The team are preparing the island for visitors as we open our doors to the public on Saturday and there has been plenty going on.

Seabirds have been responding well with huge numbers of Puffins present (but more on them in tomorrows blog) whilst work continues around the island on various projects. However a noticeable feature of the last few days has been the number of migrants which have being passing through.

Yesterday the island produced some good numbers of birds, all heading in various directions. Birds heading back to northern breeding grounds in Scandinavia and beyond included 5 Woodcock, 50 Redwing and 6 Fieldfare. Birds arriving from the south to breed in the UK included 4 Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatears and 10 Chiffchaffs whilst birds like Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtails are more local breeders. Amongst the good numbers of birds we’ve also had some scarcities with a Black Redstart and two Glaucous Gulls being the highlight.

The Isle of May is never dull (even in poor weather) and tomorrow we’ll be bringing you the highlights of what we’ve been up to. The countdown to opening continues…

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