Thursday, 19 September 2013

19th September 2013

Weather: SE -2 moving West force 6-7, clear with excellent visibility

The mid day tide saw a large Gull roost at Hoylake which included at least 2 Yellow Legged Gulls among several hundred Herring and Lesser Black backed Gulls. One Lesser had some striking head streaking. Waders included 80 Grey Plover and 30 Bar tailed Godwit as well as the usual Dunlin, Ringed Plove and Knot..

As the tide began to ebb so the wind suddenly strengthened from the west. We had good numbers of birds offshore including Common Scoter (27), Red throated Diver (4), Gannet (8), Manx Shearwater (12),Kitiwake (2) Sandwich Tern (20) Common Tern (8) and a Juv Arctic Tern was new for the garden list.

Highlight of the day was a Bonxie and 3 Leach's Petrels along the ebbing tide line, the latter being hunted by an immature Peregrine out over the sea. (AMC and KD)

From the Gunsite 11 Leach's Petrel were seen moving west on the ebb tide.

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