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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