Pink Rock

Rosy 3

Rose-coloured Starling on the Isle of May

Rosy 4

Unmistakable! 

Rosy 5

Brightening up the foggy days

Wednesday 17th June comments: Before we turn our attention back to the breeding seabirds, we thought we would dedicate tonight’s blog post to one of our special visitors: our Rose-coloured Starling. The adult (presumed adult male) arrived on Monday evening and is still with us as it appears to be enjoying its stay on the island.

The species originates from South-east Europe but are known to erupt as they spread westwards and this year has seen a good invasion of them into the UK with over 80 different birds found and that number continues to increase. We’ve seen reports of birds on the nearby Fife and Lothian coastline so it was great to get our own. This represents only the fourth ever record for the Isle of May but hot on the heels of the previous in June 2018. Before then the previous two records came from September 1991 and June 1983.

This great bird has been one of several highlights in recent days but as the weather improves, they’ll be on their way leaving us to concentrate back on the seabirds and the job in hand.

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