Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Aileen assisted

Weather , strong north westerly winds 35mph frequent heavy showers

The first of the strong storms of the season arrived overnight with Wirral and Merseyside taking the brunt of Aileen
Rarities didn't materialize but County scarcities took the limelight in quite Spectacular fashion .
Leach's Storm Petrel ,  AMC 
 Birders turned up from near and as far away as Yorkshire and the North East at New Brighton and other sites along the North Wirral coast .

An estimated 53 Leach's Storm Petrel passed by New Brighton's Fort Perch rock numbers only an estimate with multiple observers and birds circulating  around the Area making accurate numbering difficult,
Grey Phalarope Elliot Monteith

At times the Leach's Storm Petrels were flying only feet away from observers making them the stars of the show for photographers

The more sedate but by no means less attractive co star was the Grey Phalarope 4 were seen off the fort with one particularly close mid morning giving the birding paparazzi  plenty of opportunities to get a close up, 

Other birds through the area were 2 Black Tern  5 Arctic Tern and 2 Adult Little Gull,

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