Golden Delicious

Wood Warbler (WS)

Stunning migrants on the move…Wood Warbler (Will Scott)

Yellow ewag

First Yellow Wagtail of the year

Grasshopper (JC)

Grasshopper Warbler showing well on a rock! (Jamie Coleman)

Black Redxstart (WS)

Get any better? Male Black Redstart (Will Scott)

Tuesday 2nd May comments: WHAT a start to May. It’s been an epic few days on the Isle of May as migrants galore have descended onto the island as birds moving north have been brought onto the island following favourable easterly winds.

Without doubt the outstanding highlight was a male Golden Oriole (a rare southern European breeder only the fifth for the island and first since 1997) which was seen briefly in the bushes at the Low Light before flying south. Alongside this impressive sighting, a Hawfinch was also recorded. Other highlights include a stunning Black Redstart, Wood Warbler, two Grasshopper Warblers and male Pied Flycatcher.

It wasn’t just these good birds which made it spectacular, but the sheer numbers. Counts included 50 Chiffchaffs, 45 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 30 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats amongst many others. The power of migration is so impressive to see especially on the Isle of May with very little cover and shows the importance of this national nature reserve for all wildlife. Lets see what tomorrow brings…

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