As another Atlantic depression swept into the Irish Sea, so observers turned their attention to sea watching. Today 6 Leach's Petrels were recorded in the Mersey Mouth (Greg Roebuck) were there have been ones and two's during the recent gales. A number of Bonxies have been recorded from Hoylake shore with at least two over the foreshore this afternoon.
A brief sea watch during heavy seas at New Brighton was surprisingly quiet, however an observer were fortunate to catch a brief view of a juv pale phase Long tailed Skua flying out of the river towards Crosby. Although the shot is distant and very heavily cropped the photograph shows a very cold looking overall colour, a very pale, almost white head separated from the pale underparts by a grey/buff collar . One concern observers were conscious of, was the extensive white on the underside of the primaries, however the literature suggests this is within the normal variation of juvenile pale phase Long tailed Skua. Immature Skua's can be tricky so we would welcome any comments on this bird, particularly if you disagree with the identification. firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Long tailed Skua (Pale phase juv) EM|