Wednesday, 1 October 2008

1st October 2008

A visit from the Liverpool Ornithologists Club today(left) coincided with one of the stormiest days this year and many present managed to get wet even when it wasn't raining!
The gale force west to northwest wind drove in no fewer than 120 Leach's Petrels(below) during a continuous 7 hour sea-watch.

Surprisingly only one skua was seen; a distant Bonxie. Fifteen Manx Shearwaters(below) went passed in singles and 2 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 34 Sandwich Terns were also offshore.

Five species of duck were noted, which was strange for a sea-watch: Common Scoter (17), Pintail (9)(below left), Wigeon (3), Tufted (8) and a single drake Eider(below right), not to mention the 4 Pale-bellied Brent which flew passed and were the first this winter.

(DB,ME,CJ,KMc,PGW,DNW, +L.O.C and other visitors) All photos by CJ

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