Leach’s Petrel breeds in small numbers in Western Scotland and Ireland. Birds probably from the larger North American population occur in the Bristol Channel most years in autumn and winter gales, usually in small numbers. One or two are seen most years on Severnside, usually from Severn Beach. At least 250 were seen in October 1952. In 2006 these amazing birds were seen daily between the 3rd and 8th of December with peak count of 60 being seen on the 6th. Like most other wind blown seabirds they can be seen just south of the 2nd Severn Crossing.They often attract many birdwatchers who take the opportunity to observe these masters of the waves. Below are some of the images taken in December 2006 and November 2009 and some impressive artwork by Phil Baber.
© Paul Bowyer November 2009
Field notes and artwork © Phil Baber November 2009