Migration season

Saturday 10th September comments: Bird migration is an amazing thing to witness and see. Over the last seven day’s we’ve seen some impressive birds with some impressive totals as birds heading south to southern wintering grounds have been arriving in good numbers.

The major factor to these arrivals has been the weather as onshore easterly winds push birds migrating through the North Sea onto the nearest land point and as the Isle of May sticks six miles out, birds will aim for us. We also benefit from having a lighthouse which can be seen from 22 nautical miles away, so any migrant bird travelling at night and getting into difficulty (say hitting a rain front) will aim for refuge and a light beaming out will signal relief. We also have limit cover so birds are more easily found.

Overall this week we’ve seen some impressive totals of Pied Flycatchers peaking at 55, Redstarts peaking at 25 and Siskin peaking at 250 amongst many other species. We’ve also welcomed plenty of unusual birds with Wryneck, Common Rosefinch, Wood Warbler and Icterine Warbler all putting in appearances. And this is just the start as we suspect the autumn still has plenty to offer, so lets see what happens…

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.