Perfect Pallas’s

Seven stripe wonder (Jack Ibbotson)

winter wonderland (Ciaran Hatsell)

Just worth another photo (David Steel)

Tuesday 8th November comments: When it comes to late autumn migration nothing can really beat the arrival of a stunning Pallas’s Warbler. These stripy waifs have travelled all the way from Siberia and when they arrive, they light up any day!

With vegetation on the island dyeing back and leaves falling to the ground, the cold dormant season is upon us. But then amongst the nettle stems a bright yellow and white bird full of stripes shows…it is indeed a Pallas’s Warbler. This individual (pictured above) arrived yesterday and was the third of the year with two in mid-October. With other recent records in November 2021 and 2019, it would appear a regular visitor…but no.,,the 2019 individual was the first on the island in 19 years and yesterday’s bird was only the 13th ever for the Isle of May.

Regardless of its status, you’ll agree its’ an impressive looking bird, with stripes and everything and was well enjoyed by all those present. The bird was still present today and feeding well and we hope it can continue its journey on.

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