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Storm (Babet) Petrels (1 Viewer)

david kelly

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There’s been an unprecedented influx of storm petrels into the Firth of Forth likely as a result of Storm Babet, mostly European Storm Petrels but quite a few Leach’s too. On the Lothian side between Hound Point and Dunbar. Also Grey Phalaropes, Sooty Shearwaters, Little Auks, Long-tailed Skua etc.

The influx is still happening this morning with more Grey Phalaropes, Long-tailed Skuas and Little Auks being seen, as well as good numbers of Little Gulls.

To put this in context, up to 2020 there were 15 records of Leach’s Petrel in Lothian. Yesterday there were 70 at South Queensferry with multiples at Joppa, Musselburgh, Cockenzie & Port Seton and Dunbar. A Storm Petrel record in 2020 was the first in the recording area since 2011 but there were probably in excess of 100 birds yesterday.

Sounds like quite an influx David!

As an aside, the mention of the Firth of Forth brings back “haunting memories” for me as an unchaperoned 14 year old, staying with my aunt and uncle during the Summer term c’61.
My first “un be knowing” vacational trip, as I walked out (at low tide) across the mud flats at Grangemouth to view (lifer) Arctic Skuas chasing the Terns (also lifers), squinting through a pair of old battered opera glasses x2 almost oblivious to the incoming tide then realising and “running” with the wellies (not easy) through glutinous mud….halcyon days.

Back to topic, sounds spectacular, no doubt “all” will be well received by the locals.👍
Some Storm Petrels were still around yesterday but the icing on the Storm Babet cake was a rather cooperative near summer plumage White-billed Diver at Port Seton, it moved slightly farther east into Gosford Bay today.


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