LEACH'S PETREL

Oceanodroma leucorhoa - c.550

 

Dan White

 

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2019

SEPTEMBER: One, the first of the year, was seen from Severn Beach on the 27th before departing down river. OCTOBER: One from Severn Beach on the 8th lingering over the high tide period.

 

2018

JANUARY: One was seen from Severn Beach on the 3rd. SEPTEMBER: One noted on the estuary from Severn Beach early afternoon on the 19th.

 

2017

SEPTEMBER: Two were seen from Severn Beach on the 11th with at least three there on the 13th. OCTOBER: One from Severn Beach on the 16th with at least three there on the 17th; One reported from Severn Beach on the 21st and 22nd.

 

2015

Two were watched around 19:20 from Severn Beach on September 14th; One was noted from Severn Beach in the morning on November 13th with at least three there on the 15th (one of which was taken into care) and up to three on the 16th.

 

2013

One off Severn Beach on the 27th with at least three possibly six on October 28th.

 

2011

Two were present off Severn Beach until dusk on September 12th with one still there on the 13th.

 

2010

One from Severn Beach at 16:00 on November 4th; A corpse was picked up on an Industrial Estate at Emerson's Green on November 7th.

 

2009

One off Severn Beach on November 18th around 09:00 heading out onto the estuary; At least four off Severn Beach on November 23rd with at least six on the 24th, up to fourteen on the 25th and a further four on the 26th.

 

2007

One on December 29th lingering off Severn Beach between 10:30 and 11:25.

 

2006

DECEMBER: Two off Severn Beach at 14:40 on the 3rd with up to seven lingering near the second Severn Crossing; At least ten at 09:05 off Severn Beach on the 4th, two off New Passage at 10:40, at least twenty-one off Severn Beach at 11:43, at least ten off New Passage at 11:45 and one lingering off Severn Beach from 15:00 until 15:40; At least five off Severn Beach at 09:45 on the 5th, four at 11:15 and three at 12:50, 13:45 and 15:00; Five off New Passage, eight off Severn Beach at 09:15 with at least fourteen there at 10:40 on the 6th; At least twenty off Severn Beach on the 7th; Two off New Passage and one off Severn Beach on the 8th.

 

2005

Two off Severn Beach, one at 09:18 but both in the morning on November 4th; One on November 11th off Severn Beach around 14:15 which lingered.

 

2004

One was seen off Severn Beach on September 13th - 14th; One was watched off Severn Beach on October 22nd during gusty south-westerly winds.

 

2002

SEVERN BEACH; One on January 28th; Four on February 5th; Three on February 9th all lingered into February 10th; One on February 12th.

 

2001

One was logged on October 1st off Severn Beach.

 

2000

One was seen on November 1st off Severn Beach; Two were seen on December 13th off Severn Beach.

 

1999

One on April 22nd off Severn Beach. 1998 One was seen on January 5th off Severn Beach in flight heading south-west; One was seen on September 10th off Severn Beach; Three on October 27th off Severn Beach lingered into October 28th.

 

1997

One on February 26th off Severn Beach, flew south-west; One on October 7th off Severn Beach, flew south-west.

 

1996

Four were seen on November 6th off Severn Beach.

 

1995

One was watched on September 27th off Severn Beach.

 

1991

Individuals were recorded on January 10th off New Passage; On November 3rd off New Passage; On November 13th off New Passage.

 

1990

One on September 23rd was noted off New Passage.

 

1989

One on October 21st off New Passage; Eight on October 29th off New Passage; Two on November 4th off New Passage with another two off Severn Beach on the same day; Six on December 17th off New Passage; Four on December 21st off New Passage with another one off Severn Beach on the same day; Two on December 22nd off New Passage increasing to twelve on December 23rd with six lingering into December 24th dropping to one on December 25th.

 

1988

One on January 3rd off Severn Beach; Two were seen on September 2nd off Severn Beach; One on September 28th off Severn Beach; One on October 8th off Severn Beach.

 

1985

One was seen on September 1st off New Passage.

 

1983

NEW PASSAGE: Forty were seen on September 3rd, on September 4th ten were still present and on September 5th, On September 19th two were seen; One was noted on October 8th; Eight were seen on October 16th with single birds lingering on October 17th and 18th.

 

1980

One was reported off Severn Beach on October 9th.

 

1977

On November 13th one was watched off New Passage and one was found dead on the same day at Severn Beach.

 

1957

On September 15th off Severn Beach a single bird was seen in flight along the tide line.

 

1952

An amazing c.250 were 'wrecked' on October 26th off Aust Warth and remains the regions highest count. There were small numbers noted on subsequent days at Severn Beach and Oldbury-on-Severn. Several were noted at inland locations including: Alveston, Doynton and Stoke Gifford.

 

1938

One was observed on October 7th off Aust Warth Pier, seen over the Severn it was confidently identified as this species. It was watched at close quarters and was certainly too large for Storm Petrel. There had been violent westerly gales a few days previously.