Monthly Archives: December 2019

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Isle of May National Nature Reserve Team We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Puffin-filled New Year and we look forward to bringing you all the news and stories from the island in 2019. … Continue reading

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Final round-up

Top: Waxwing (left) and Long-eared Owl (right) Bottom: Pallas’s Warbler (both) Saturday 21st December comments: The final installment of the rare and scarce bird round up for the island saw the closure of the Bird Observatory in early November followed … Continue reading

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Autumn with a Bang!

Top: Red-flanked Bluetail Second row: Eastern Stonechat (Ian Livingstone) Third row: Collared Flycatcher (Duncan and Jessie Bell) Bottom row: Great grey Shrike and Raddes Warbler Thursday 19th December comments: The Isle of May had produced a good spring for passage … Continue reading

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Summer Shock!

Top: Aquatic Warbler (Sam Langlois) Bottom left: Common Rosefinch (left) and Melodious Warbler (right) Monday 16th December comments: The summer months are generally dominated by the seabird breeding season (which attracted Roseate Tern and potentially Storm Petrels as breeders) and … Continue reading

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Spring Summary

Top: Common Cranes Centre: Bluethroats Bottom: Icterine Warbler (left) and Red-backed Shrike (right) Saturday 14th December comments: It proved to be an outstanding year for the Isle of May in terms of rare and scarce birds which were found on … Continue reading

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Seabirds 2019 (Part II)

Wednesday 11th December comments: Following Monday’s blog post about Seabird population counts (generally good news) our friends at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Edinburgh (who are based on the island for three and a half months during … Continue reading

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Seabirds 2019

Monday 9th December comments: As we approach mid-December its always good to look back and reflect on an Isle of May season (it feels like a long time ago since we were talking about the seabirds of the May) but … Continue reading

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Winter Wanderers

Thursday 5th December comments: Yesterday we mentioned about the young Seal pups wandering around the island before departing for the open North Sea, well just to prove it we have some more photos (thanks to researcher Andy Wolfenden who is … Continue reading

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December on the May

Wednesday 4th December comments: Although we have departed for the mainland for the winter, life on the Isle of May continues even as the we enter the darkest months of winter. Often people ask about what goes on at this … Continue reading

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