Leach's Storm-Petrels and autumn storms 2023
The Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa is a pelagic bird. During violent autumn storms, the winds sometimes blow thousands of individuals along the coast and, sometimes, far inland.
The attached map shows that, during the storms at the beginning of November, some individuals were observed in régions a long way from the coast. Most of them are exhausted from fighting the elements for days and many die after colliding with vehicles or windows, or because they are unable to feed.
Image caption: Leach's Storm-Petrel facing strong gales. © Samuel Desbrosses
Map based on collective data from Faune-France and its partners. No use authorised without the prior consent of the LPO.