Sunday, 3 November 2013

3rd November 2013

Weather: West North West force 6-7 gusting force 10 overnight. Squally showers.

The low pressure system dominating the Irish Sea just now, produced some severe gales overnight resulting in some wind blown seabird movement. Auk numbers had increased with Auk spp (20), Guillemot (11) and Razorbill (2).. Also logged were Great crested Grebe (6), Red breasted Merganser, Red throated Diver (4) Great Northern Diver (1), Manx Shearwater(2), Gannet (22), Kittiwake(17), Skua spp (2) including a prob Pom which was fairly close but was always flying away at an oblique angle and a single Leach's Petrel spent at least 30 minutes pattering along the beach attracting the unwanted attention of some Herring Gulls.

The Holylake Gull roost, again held the 4th year Yellw legged Gull amongst hundreds of Herring, Common and Lesser and Great Black Backs.

Waders were well represented with Curlew (120), Grey Plover (180), Dunlin (2000), Sanderling (110), Bar tailed Godwit (19) Knot (19) Redshank (40). A single Turnstone on the beach was unusual away from the North Shore sea defence.

Two Golden Plover remain on the shore west of the Lifeboat station.

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