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Old Tuesday 21st September 2004, 11:22   #51
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Thanks Jane I`ll look forward to tomorrow....
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Old Tuesday 21st September 2004, 12:25   #52
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I think the wind will drop slightly.. but that won't matter. There are birds everywhere.
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Old Tuesday 21st September 2004, 12:27   #53
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Latest Forecast...

IRISH SEA
WEST OR NORTHWEST BACKING SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7, OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 AT
FIRST. RAIN OR SHOWERS. MODERATE OR GOOD

If it does go really SW - I'd go to Crosby
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Old Tuesday 21st September 2004, 17:31   #54
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Photographing them

I have just got in from being at New Brighton and leasowe since 09:30 this morning - what a brilliant day! I have over 400 photos, mainly of Leach's to sort through, I had them hovering above my head almost within reach, they were everywhere, best day I have had for ages. I have attached one of my pics, there will be many more added to my website as soon as I have sorted through them.

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Congrats on a superb photo.

I'm hoping they will still be around at the weekend. I am going to have to try and get up that way as I have never seen one in England.
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What a disappointing day.

My train was a good 7 minutes late arriving at Lime St, then it took us at least 8 seconds to see a Leach's (lifer) at New Brighton. Some were so far away we had to use binoculars, instead of the one which flew over our heads, and the one which landed in a pool in front of us. There were only ever about 10-50 on the Mersey estuary at any one time. Then to cap off the misery a Sabine's Gull (another lifer) flew past while I was eating my sandwiches, which thoroughly ruined my lunch. The day was also generally spoilt by all the Gannets, Terns and Manx Shearwaters which kept getting in the way of everything else.

That's the last time, I tell ya!

Thanks again Jane and others for the info, spot on as you all said.
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Old Tuesday 21st September 2004, 18:39   #57
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Steve,

Glad you enjoyed the spectacle!

I have been sat at work watching the reports roll in thinking about how you were getting on and toying with an early finish but resisted (my boss knows a good seawatch weather patter too well by now!).
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Old Tuesday 21st September 2004, 18:45   #58
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As someone who ticked off Leach's Petrel at Red Rocks in 1978 and was at Seaforth in early 80s on one of the first good Storm Petrel days I'm quite jealous of all this. Almost wish I was there! It's made all nostalgic for the old days.

Just have to do with a Booted Warbler 50m from the house and a couple of Rosefinches I suppose, but I can't get to Whalsay for the Brown Shrike, not enough time between end of school and dusk.
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Well I am back from 6 hrs. This is what we saw.

2 Juv Sabine gull
18 Leach's Petrel
1 Great Skua
50 Manx Shearwater
15 Red-throated Diver
9 Pale-bellied Brent Geese
3 Arctic Tern
1 Common Dolphin
tons of Kittiwakes, Auks, Gannets & Sandwich Tern too.


Absolutely brilliant apart from I have got a seized up back now :))
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As someone who ticked off Leach's Petrel at Red Rocks in 1978 and was at Seaforth in early 80s on one of the first good Storm Petrel days I'm quite jealous of all this. Almost wish I was there! It's made all nostalgic for the old days.

Just have to do with a Booted Warbler 50m from the house and a couple of Rosefinches I suppose, but I can't get to Whalsay for the Brown Shrike, not enough time between end of school and dusk.
I'm also feeling a bit out of it here - the only good bird I've seen today is Pallid Harrier... Still there were around 200 Leaches off the Danish west coast today and the weather is looking promising for here later in the week. Here's hoping.
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Leach's were trickling past Blackpool today, but a trickle is good enough. The only skua I had was a juv. Long-tailed, which obligingly loitered close in to enable me to get enough on it. A Grey Phalarope turned up at dusk around the corner in a flooded field. It's a great seabird autumn on the Fylde.

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Dam u Stephen!!!
the 2 birds I wanted to see ! :)
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I managed a record shot of one of the sabines gull
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I only had 8 sightings of Sabine's Gull - at least 4 individuals since I saw 3 juvs together and an adult.

Not sure what is going on but again I have 50+ skuas and NO rare ones...750 Kittiwakes too!

The action continues today.... should anyone be interested!
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Old Wednesday 22nd September 2004, 07:00   #65
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IRISH SEA
WEST 5 TO 7. SHOWERS THEN RAIN. MODERATE OR GOOD

More than enough to maintain the supply...
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Old Wednesday 22nd September 2004, 07:52   #66
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Congrats on a superb photo.

I'm hoping they will still be around at the weekend. I am going to have to try and get up that way as I have never seen one in England.

They will still be around....for certain.... well nearly certain. Assuming the long range forecasts are correct
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Old Wednesday 22nd September 2004, 12:56   #67
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They will still be around....for certain.... well nearly certain. Assuming the long range forecasts are correct
Thanks Jane

I will keep my eye open for any news on Friday night.
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The Shipping Forecast Issued By The Met Office At 1130 On
Wednesday 22 September 2004


Lundy Fastnet Irish Sea Shannon South Rockall
West 5 To 7. Veering North Or Northwest 4 Or 5 Later In Irish Sea And
South Rockall. Rain At Times. Moderate Or Good
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Old Wednesday 22nd September 2004, 16:13   #69
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In the last hour I have seen: 90 Leach's Petrels, 110 Manx Shearwaters, a Black Tern, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas and 10 Great Skuas, 3 red-throated Divers and an Arctic Tern. Seems the winds have dropped enough for a wholescale clear out from the bay. I expect an increase in passage after the tide.
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Reading this thread has got me to thinking I'm the only one who hasn't caught up with a Leaches yet, I'm heading down to Wales (Anglesey) on Saturday, whats the betting the wind changes direction Friday night?
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Johnny,

The forecast is still good with NW winds - so Point Lynas should be worth a go, as would popping in at Point of Ayr on the way perhaps?

Jane,

How did the evening end up? - I suspect the bay needed to empty to make room for the next batch!
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Old Wednesday 22nd September 2004, 19:50   #72
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By the way - to all those who have either enjoyed this thread or taken the opportunity to use the information to catch up with Leach's etc - what a great lesson Jane has taught us all - good quality local information is priceless in enhancing our enjoyment of our hobby.

Don't take for granted that others will know what you know - and provided that you aren't divulging sites for breeding birds I am looking fowrward to other similar threads.

The "How to see..." series starts here?
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Old Thursday 23rd September 2004, 06:18   #73
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Actually the movement died off... end totals were:

Leachs Petrel 107, Manx Shearwater 175, Pomarine Skua 2, Arctic Skua 29, Great Skua 22, Red Throated Diver 4, Black Tern 1, Kittiwake 120, Gannet 75, Fulmar 1 and Brent Goose 3 pale bellied.

Wind is WNW 6 here... the absolute best for N.Wirral. Pity there are no tides.... well there is a pathetic one in the evening.

The winds are due to drop tonight and pick up on Monday - there appears to be a rule that there will be no gales at the weekend.

LUNDY FASTNET IRISH SEA SHANNON ROCKALL
NORTHWEST 5 TO 7 VEERING NORTH 4 OR 5, BECOMING VARIABLE 3 OR 4 IN
SHANNON AND ROCKALL. RAIN CLEARING. MODERATE OR POOR BECOMING GOOD

If as predicted the wind gets any more North in it Point Lynas will come into play.

There will be petrels off Wirral today and tomorrow - though there will be fewer in the Mersey and more out to see at New Brighton. Last night, in addition to the classic "up the beach" birds, there were little black dots all over the sea as far as I could see (ie up to 3 miles offshore)
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I'm off to Manchester today... but in one sweep of the beach saw 25 Leach's... mostly on the beach
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215 in an hour! plus one Storm P and an Adult Sabs. Had a Gannet over the back garden :)

Wind is NW now... still ok for Wirral - but I'd be considering the Orme and especially POint Lynas now if I was out to see petrels.
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