Monday, 18 May 2015

18 May 2015

Wind SW-6-8, overcast with squally showers. Sunny later

Blustery conditions today meant attention turned to a spring seawatch from Hoylake. With a late morning high tide and winds gusting to gale force 8 birds were on the move. The main highlights were over 200 Gannets most of which passed straight through but many could be watched plunge diving just yards off Hoylake Promonade. 23 Common Scoter were also recorded as were 12 Sandwich Terns, 3 Commic Tern,  3 Fulmar, 45 Manx Shearwater and a Bonxie. 

The video clip filmed with an iphone and scope gives an indication of just how close the Gannets were today.

Waders today included 4000 Dunlin, 100 Sanderling, 34 Ringed Plover, 200 Knot, 56 Grey Plover and unusually a fly over Black tailed Godwit.

With the winds strengthening  and moving round to the Northwest over night tomorrow may be an even better day for a North Wirral Sea Watch?!


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