Friday 20th October comments: The winds turned east and with it, the bird migration tap was turned on. Yesterday as the winds switched direction the weather encouraged thrushes to leave the Near-Continent and Scandinavia to head to the UK.
These birds, including Redwings, Song Thrush, Blackbird and Fieldfare all move to the UK to escape the worst of the winter weather further north. At this time of year, the east coast can experience some impressive diurnal migration action and yesterday was one of those days.
Birders up and down the east coast from Shetland to Yorkshire recorded an impressive 90,347 Redwings moving into the country from 24 different sites, including the Isle of May. This number is only the tip of the iceberg as many more thousands will have arrived undetected. The wonders of nature impress again.