Monday 5th November comments: At the weekend the Isle of May Bird Observatory closed for the season, as the final ‘closing down’ team departed for the mainland. The Bird Observatory is Scotland ‘s oldest having been founded in 1934 and is open every year from early April to the end of October.
Throughout that period, teams of up to six have been resident from Saturday to Saturday helping contribute heavily to the daily bird ringing and migration census on the island. The photographs above are just a snapshot of some of the teams who have made this season such a success (resulting in the second highest ever number of birds recorded on the island).
Highlights for the groups have included the islands first ever Buff-breasted Sandpiper (from the USA), Short-toed Lark, Olive-backed Pipits, Greenish Warbler and Thrush Nightingales amongst others. The Bird Observatory is run by a Trust with more details on their website: http://www.isleofmaybirdobs.org/ including reports on bird sightings from the island.
As we slowly start to close down for the winter, we’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone at the Bird Observatory this year and look forward to seeing many of you again next. Bring on 2019….