Sunday, 10 August 2014

Hurricane Bertha

Weather: E/SE-2, W/NW 8 gusting 10 later.

From Hoylake shore Manx Shearwater numbered over 400 by mid morning. Blown in by the tail end of hurricane Bertha it was an incredible sight to watch these ocean wanderers as they could be picked out at distance as they sheered high over the waves in the stiff breeze. Other seabirds included 6 Great crested Grebe, 4 Gannet and 2 Common Scoter.

The high tide roost at Hoylake included, 200 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 8 Grey Plover, 5 Knot, 200 Sanderling. 7000 Dunlin and 100 Ringed Plover.

7 Little Terns, 28 Common Tern and 300 Sandwich tern also settled on the foreshore over the high tide

AMC, FD and DH

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