Isle of May Bird Obs Season Closes

Saturday 13th November comments: The Isle of May season is coming to a close as winter approaches. It won’t be long before the resident NatrueScot staff depart for the winter to allow it to drop into its winter slumber but more on that later. In recent times we’ve seen the closure of the Bird Observatory, Scotland’s oldest running Bird Observatory as the last residence departed.

It’s been another strange year for the island and the observatory as it was not until June that a small number of people returned to construct the Arnott Heligoland trap. From late July the doors opened and the observatory was manned until early November. These various groups and visitors were welcomed every Saturday to help contribute towards the ornithological understanding of the island. Migrant birds were found, counted and ringed as part of the observatories work and a full review will appear on here in the forthcoming weeks.

The Bird Observatory plays a major part in the Isle of May and its active members are an important aspect of the island community and we enjoy working and socialising alongside them. A lot of hard work goes in behind the scenes by the Observatory trust to keep the place ticking along and we already look forward to the 2022 season 9and please no covid…) Until then, thank-you to everyone who has made it another enjoyable year full of great birds and good company. The Isle of May is very much back on the birding map and hope everyone enjoys their winter break because we’ll be starting again next March.

However now its time to focus on getting off ourselves, it’s leaving time but more on the blog tomorrow…

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