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Washing wayward birds after storms hit Wales

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One of the several hundred Manx Shearwater birds, that have been rescued after being stranded by the recent storms and high winds, is cleaned at the RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre on September 14, 2011 in Taunton, England.

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One of the several hundred Manx Shearwater birds, that have been rescued after being stranded by the recent storms and high winds, is cleaned at the RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre on September 14, 2011 in Taunton, England. The RSPCA have been dealing with hundreds of Manx Shearwater juveniles and other birds, which were bound for South America, but were blown inland as they attempted to begin their winter migration and had been recovered from beaches and gardens in Pembrokeshire. The centre claims this autumn has seen the biggest rescue of birds in Wales since the Sea Empress oil spill in 1996.

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Trainee inspector Sarah Hetherington holds one of the several rescued birds, at the RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre on September 14, 2011 in Taunton, England.

 According to the BBC:

Hundreds of seabirds were left stranded on the coast after being blown off course as high winds and heavy rain cause disruption in parts of Wales.

The RSPCA rescued the Manx shearwaters, which were migrating to Argentina from their burrows on Skomer island off Pembrokeshire.

More than 400 ended up on cliffs and in the surf at Newgale in Pembrokeshire.

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