Westerly day after day

Jamie Coleman

Fieldfare in flight (Jamie Coleman)

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Redwing on the move

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Wednesday weather (BBC Weather website)

Monday 8th October comments: The Isle of May is a fabulous location for wildlife whether its breeding seabirds or pupping Grey Seals. It’s also renowned for its migrant birds and boasts the second oldest Bird Observatory(http://www.isleofmaybirdobs.org/Home) in the UK having started life in 1934 to record the birds which moved through the Isle.

During the autumn certain weather systems will bring more birds than others. Winds from the west are arguably the worst and this autumn we’ve had our fair share (its been westerly all autumn!) Some people are even suggesting that this is the quietest autumn in recent memory for the lack of any bird migrants. But that maybe about to change…

Later this week the first easterly winds of the entire autumn of forecast and are we about to see a big movement of birds? In recent days a small handful of winter thrushes; Blackbirds, Redwings and Fieldfare have battled their way through the winds but later this week we could be inundated. However we approach with caution because we all know what weather forecasting is like…

On a final note, from the Bird Observatory itself a comment (poem) left by a visitor in 1947 which still stands true to this day…

There was an old man on the May

Who knelt on the north Ness to pray;

‘Oh, Lord, I have sinned

But why need the wind

blow westerly day after day?

Indeed.

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