Male Rustic Bunting (all photos Bex Outram)
Friday 21st May comments: It’s been a bleak day on the Isle of May but with north-easterly winds blowing, that means only one thing….migrant birds! And boy we were not disappointed.
After a slow start as the wind increased in the afternoon a cracking RED-BACKED SHRIKE was discovered, a migrant from the near-continent which turns up almost annually on the island. However the best was yet to come as moments later a stonking male RUSTIC BUNTING was confirmed. This species is a rare visitor to the U.K. as it is a resident of eastern Europe and was only the 14th island record (involving 17 birds) but the most recent records have been in 2016 and 1999!
It was also an impressive milestone for Bex, as it was her 200th species seen on the island, becoming the first ever woman to reach this milestone and only the fourth person to top 200 species on the Isle of May. It’s a great reward for seeing and finding some wonderful birds in her time including adding two new additions to the island list back in 2015. So as the wind continues from the east, don’t put it past the Isle of May to claim yet more good birds…Bluethroat must be on the cards….