Monthly Archives: October 2022

Mighty Goldcrest

Friday 28th October comments: It’s certainly been a good autumn for bird migration through the Isle of May with some noticeable highlights from two Red-flanked Bluetails to two Radde’s Warblers and everything in between. We have also had some good … Continue reading

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Biggest Gainer

Thursday 27th October comments: As more and more pregnant females’ arrive on the colonies, the island is starting to fill up. All the main nurseries are now active with plenty of pups with 135 counted two days ago. However it … Continue reading

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Seal takeover

Tuesday 25th October comments: You can tell its Seal season, as the Isle of May becomes their island. The seabirds have long gone, the island is now closed to the public and now the Grey Seals are on the march. … Continue reading

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Hard as Wood

Monday 24th October comments: During the impressive ‘fall’ of birds the island experienced last week, there were some good number of Woodcock counted across the island. On Tuesday we had 25, followed by an impressive 60 on Wednesday and then … Continue reading

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Feather Dusters

Long-eared Owl sitting in vegetation Short-eared Owl on the ground Saturday 22nd October comments: There has been an invasion! Following the arrival of huge numbers of birds mid-week, yesterday saw the arrival of lots of owls! These majestic migrants arrived … Continue reading

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Like buses!

Friday 21st October comments: Sometimes you just have to stop and admire the Isle of May and its amazing migration. It’s true not everything goes according to plan as weather systems can look good for bringing in lots of new … Continue reading

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BLUETAIL!

Tuesday 19th October comments: BLUETAIL! Almost no other word gets birdwatchers excited as much, but today the Isle of May scored with a Red-flanked Bluetail. For any birder this is a jewel in the crown and although the number of … Continue reading

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Sensitive around seals

Monday 17th October comments: As everyone knows we are now moving into the seal season with the first seal pups alive and well on the Isle of May. It’s also a good reminder for everyone that they should take care … Continue reading

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Gre-eight!

Wednesday 12th October comments: It’s been a slow start to the new Grey Seal season but slowly and surely we are getting there. Today we did a complete check of the island and discovered a total of eight pups have … Continue reading

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40 years ago today…

Tuesday 11th October comments: The Isle of May bird observatory has been in operation on the island since 1934 and apart from the war years has been manned ever since (based at the Low Lighthouse). There have been many highlights … Continue reading

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