Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo

Weather: NW-7-8, squally showers.

With the last of Hurricane Gonzalo hitting the UK, seawatchers were out in force on North Wirral.

At the Lighthouse a single Goosander and Common Tern were recorded over the high tide. A possible Sabines Gull was reported from Dove point and may have related to a bird seen at New Brighton earlier in the day.

Our seawatch at Hoylake produced some interesting passage including, 75 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater, 48 Kittiwake, 3 'Commic' Tern, 12 Red breasted Merganser, 4 Red throated Diver and  29 Common Scoter,  A single Peregrine battled the severe conditions trying without luck to catch some prey.

Other highlights  included 4 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie and a stunning summer plumaged Great northern Diver.

Despite the squalls and Double glazing a couple of record shots were rattled off. Its not often you get to photograph a fly by Great northern Diver from your lounge !!

A great day with some great birds.


Bonxie (AMC)

Sum plum Great northern Diver (AMC)

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