More migrant mayhem

Pied Flycatchers in every area of the island

Over 135 Siskin were present on the island

Whilst other birds were putting in an appearance with 3 Common Rosefinch (left) and Whinchat (right)

Monday 5th September comments: It proved to be a busy weekend as the avalanche of migrant birds ensured the bird observatory team and the staff present on the island were kept on their toes. The most significant arrival proved to with Pied Flycatchers; this summer visitor to the UK arrived in huge numbers with 55 counted on Saturday with at least 48 still present the following day. Every elder bush, walled garden and small sheltered gully had birds present as individuals took up temporary territories to feed on insects before preparing for their long journey south.

The island was generally lifting with migrants as Whinchats, Wheatears, Spotted Flycatchers, Willow Werblers,, Blackcaps, Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats were also seen. Interestingly 135 Siskin arrived and remained as these small finches were seen feeding on the seeds of the flowering ragwort. Amongst them rare birds were also discovered including a Wryneck, Icterine Warbler, three Common Rosefinch and a Greenish Warbler amongst others. there were also an arrival of raptors as six Kestrels and two Sparrowhawks were buzzing about the island whilst a Merlin added to the wing-wizardry.

Elsewhere waders were arriving with 19 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, 15 Dunlin and Greenshank making it a very busy island. with more easterly winds forecast we might expect even more, so we’ll keep you posted as its migration season and anything is possible.

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