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Leach's Petrel, Oceanodroma leucorhoa


6 records of 9 birds.

Birds have turned up following storms, but also in periods of calm anticyclonic weather. This species seems to be more highly affected by autumn storms than the British Storm-petrel, which is possibly why they arrive inland in slighly larger numbers. Three arrived following a huge wreck in December 2006, two of which had to be rescued. They died shortly afterwards. The 2005 individual was found in overcast, calm conditions. It was seen by four observers but was then sadly killed by a Peregrine and eaten by a Great Black-backed Gull.


Highest count

3 on 7 December 2006


All material copyright Jono Leadley 2006