Thursday, 16 September 2010

Got any Leach's for this?

After the news of Wednesdays fantastic sea watching on the North Wirral coast,I arrived at New Brighton today as early as possible (6:45am), the early start was well worth it with at least 38 Leach's Petrels, Juv Sabine's Gull, Juv Arctic Skua, Fulmar, poss Roseate Tern, 30+ Sandwich Terns, 30+ Arctic Terns, Grey Seal, and 4 Guillemots. All before 11.00am.

The Leach's where particularly impressive; with some birds landing on the beach and some showing no fear and flying very close within a few feet, in fact one flew in-between me and another birder only eight feet apart! My best year this century!

Some of the Leach's and the Fulmar where seen to head downriver and not return back out again, I often wonder how far these birds go, It would be nice to see one off the South Liverpool shore at Otterspool Promenade or Speke/Garston Coastal Reserve but I haven't got the bottle to check these areas and risk missing out on a real goody from North Wirral.

In other areas today a Common Buzzard was being mobbed by crows over Sefton Park and a Grey Heron and Grey Wagtail at Greenbank Park.

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