30 Sep 2012

Autumnal bluster

A long planned joint visit to Hilbre by the RSPB / Ranger Service and the Sea Watch Foundation took place yesterday amid a blustery N W gale force 5 -6. Perfect weather for the planned seawatch!

About 50 -60 people attended and from our position on the Obs balcony we could see them struggling into the head wind.

Despite the winds not seemingly prolonged enough we scored with at least three Leach's Petrels although other sea birds were predictably scarcer with a couple of Fulmars, a few R T Divers, Common Scoters and an obliging Bonxie being the pick. A single Manx Shearwater and  couple of distant Arctic Skuas completed the list. More details can be seen here here

It was great to be able to show people around the Observatory and give them a talk about what we do and I think most people enjoyed their day despite the blustery conditions. At least it didn't rain.

More locally I took a walk around the stubble fields Friday pm hoping to turn up a rare pipit or something.  remote possibility inland on the west coat I know but you can never  give up.......

A couple of flyover Skylarks and a handful of Meadow Pipits proved migration is still taking place and there was also a decent flock of hirundines that suddenly appeared high up feeding and moving gradually south at the same time. The same thermals kept the local Buzzards happy with the heavily moulting adults still seemingly being pursued by the relentless keening of this years young.

The only other birds of note were the large number of corvids with Rooks and Jackdaws feeding on grain or grubs amongst the soggy stubble.


Findlay Wilde said...

Still not made it over to the Wirral. I saw my first manx Shearwater at Lands End this year, so I will have to got over to the Wirral. From Findlay

Findlay Wilde said...

I really need to get to the Wirral. I saw my first Manx Shearwater at Lands End this summer. From Findlay

Phil Woollen. said...

Findlay. You need to watch the weather. If we get 2-3 days of prolonged N W above force 5 over the next month then the Wirral will be well worht visiting.