Sunday 30th April comments: With the winds switching to the south east today we set out in the hope of migrant birds passing through. With the spring being quiet so far the team were up early to see what the winds had brought and we weren’t disappointed. It started off quiet with a few Chiffchaff and thrushes including a young male Ring Ouzel but throughout the day more birds started to arrive including two Grasshopper Warblers, five Whitethroat and a day total of 45 Wheatear.
All these birds are heading north to their breeding grounds in Scandinavia and north-east Europe, having spent the winter in the warmer climes of the south. The Isle of May is a handy stop off point where they can build up fat reserves before a sea crossing continuing their journey. The migration studies carried out on the island over history have revealed some fascinating patterns and stories.
The spring is a time when anything can turn up, so with the winds in the east for a while, we’ll be out with our eyes to the skies hoping to witness more magnificent migration.