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How to see Leach's Petrel (1 Viewer)

Reader

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Well I got my first Leache's of the year but I had to travel to the other side of the country to see them when I spotted two of them from Cley Beach car park.

Unluckily for all those present I was the only one to see them as the waves were so huge the Leache's were soon lost behind them before anyone could get onto them.

John
 

Jane Turner

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Yes I know there is no chance of an LP in the near future, but I've been contacted by someone who really want to see one. My best current guess is Sat 27th Sept... assuming that the predicted winds of Thurs and Fri hold up.
 

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Hi everyone, hope you're all enjoying great birds. I happen to have a week plus off (hooray��) and I'm planning on some sea watching and wondered what more experienced folk my suggest from around Tuesday 23/09/14 for the 7 following days, all much appreciated and ultimately I know I could also pin a tail on the map, cheers and bests from the midlands. Jase
 

Jane Turner

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Its too far off to trust the predictions..... already the system that I was hopeful about is heading too far north according to the latest forecasts. Its looking like the worst Sept in my memory for West Coast sea watching!

This system on Sept 30th looks juicy though - fast moving AND vigorous!
 

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Jane Turner

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Late Fri early Sat look like there is a chance of small no's of LPs - but I'd not be advocating travelling any distance. There are odd records coming in today from the places that matter in NW Scotland and the current wind should at least feed some into the Irish sea.
 

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cheshirebirder

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Tomorrow ( Tuesday ) may be worth a go ? Would be better if the winds were NW for a day or two but looks like they swing back to SW on Wednesday.
 

Jane Turner

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SW is ok for getting any stragglers into the Irish Sea. Its very late though - there will only be stragglers . Should be OK for Pomarine Skua and Grey Phalarope
 

Jane Turner

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There should be petrels available in small numbers tomorrow. There is too much spray and the tide is too far out for me to be able see anything except large birds. What is noticeable is the number of Bonxies that are heading East.

Still NW -WNW force 8 gusting 10 out there
 

Northern123

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Hi,

I see that small numbers of Leach's petrel have been reported from Gloucestershire and Somerset today and yesterday and the winds on the West coast are Westerly or North Westerly for the next few days (although not that strong) - this is according to the BBC - not sure how reliable that is.

My question is what are the chances of any Leach's petrel this weekend off the North West coast? Are the winds strong enough and in the right direction?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Ian
 

Jane Turner

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The winds are rather light up here for now - but its peak season. Magic seaweed suggests it would be better to go to the SW!
 
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Alcina

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There seem to be some reasonably strong westerlies forecast. What do you think the chances for Friday are?
 

Jane Turner

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There should be plenty of Petrels in the irish sea, but I'd not be confident that they will be visible from land. Lets see if that wind on wed materialises!
 

Alcina

Melkorendil
What is the wind doing there now? It's pretty calm here in Sheffield; is it looking as if there's any hope where you are?
 

Alcina

Melkorendil
This is still my 'most wanted' bird in the UK. Am I right in assuming that it is now too late in the year to hope these prolonged westerly gales will bring them?
 

Jane Turner

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Ordinarily yes, but in one year a run of severe SW gales in Nov and Dec did bring good numbers of LP back up.Lets see what Abigail does!

Worth noting I also had what looked ever so like a Brown Skua with them

edit.. 68 on Dec 9th 2006 in a massive run of SW gales that deposited SAbines gulls everywhere
 
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