The Isle of May Bird Observatory
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation - Scottish Charity Number SC001783




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Story of a drift migrant Red Breasted Flycatcher 

The BTO have recently published the interesting story of a male RB flycatcher trapped on the Isle of May and having been ringed in Sweden a few days before. The fascinating tale illustrates the effect of easterly winds on migrating birds that turn up on our island.

RB FLy 22

2015 IOM Bird Observatory Report - Out Now!

Our 2015 report is now available. The report is a comprehensive 64 pages detailing all the birds that were recorded on the Isle of May during 2015 from the bizarre record of a Red Grouse to the report on Seabird success. The report also comes with a packed CD featuring 136 pages, bringing you all the latest information on the cetaceans recorded (a pod of seven Orcas and a breaching Humpback Whale were the highlights), moths and insects, bird ringing report, chatty log extracts, monthly migration and weather summaries, never mind extensive photographs of some of the birds recorded and much more!

Members of the IOMBO Trust will receive their report very soon (you can join the trust - find out more by clicking Join the Isle of May Bird Observatory Trust)

If you are a non-member and would like a copy  it can be purchased for £8.50 + postage & packing from the report editor - contact the editor HERE


IOMBO Clothing Range

 We are now able to offer a range of Isle of May Bird Observatory branded clothing including hoodies, sweatshirts, polo shirts, woolly hats and baseball caps. Click here for latest prices and how to order (bins and birder not included!!!) Next clothing order deadline is 20 November.

Alan Lauder,
Nov 7, 2016, 3:00 AM