Wednesday, 17 August 2016


With a week long trip to Bardsey Island quickly approching and autumn migration kicking off with the first Ortolan Buntings and Wrynecks of the year, I made my last trip to the Docks to see if it wanted to throw up anymore surprise birds that I could actually see to add to Patch Work Challenge.

The Woodside Ferry Terminal and Inlet were dead to say the least with just small flocks of roosting Black-headed Gull. Meanwhile on the Morpeth and Egerton Dock life was booming: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen and 7 Cormorant (2 sinensis).

sinensis Cormorant
Mean while over at the East Float, 53 Canada Geese (record for East Float), were counted along the west side along with 31 Cormorant (7 sinensis), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail1 Great Black-backed Gull and 4 Great Crested Grebe were also of note.
Great crested Grebe

Carrion Crow

The Gull Roost was barren today with nothing of interest apart from the 2 Raven soaring high over the Beauford Road, which later perched on the large yellow static crane. Despite the abundance of Carrion Crow with 34 being counted in total from today there was still no sign of the Hooded Crow.
A walk round to Bidston Moss was fairly productive with 1 Chiffchaff singing (bit late ?) along 4 Mute Swan on the main lake, with on the Pools 1 Grey Heron (Juv) and 1 Kingfisher (heard), being the highlights. Seems that the recent heat has evaporated a large percentage of water at the Pools at Bidston making it much easier of birds to catch a snack.
Grey Heron
Also, during an early Vis Mig session this morning up at Bidston, 1 Yellow Wagtail was picked up.

Observer: Elliot Montieth

Monday, 15 August 2016

Hooded Crow

1 HOODED CROW was found by Chris Shaw yesterday near Birkenhead North Train Station. Image on Dee Estuary Birding.


After Michael Grants remarkable find of 1 TWITE yesterday, I went down today to have a little look at what's around.

The Inlet started to show that winter was on its way with 1 Redshank and a small build up of Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Where as on Morpeth and Egerton Cormorant numbers saw a rise with a total of 22 Cormorants with the majority of 1st winter birds. The 2 Mute Swans which have been doing there annual moult in the docks were also present.


Mute Swan
Meanwhile over on the East Float there was also noticeable increase in Cormorant numbers with a total of 17 birds in total including 3 carbo and 1 sinensis.  Away from the Cormorants other birds about were 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Great Crested Grebe1 Oystercatcher.

carbo Cormorant

sinensis Cormorant

Observer: Elliot Montieth

Friday, 29 July 2016

Return of the Seal

A routine walk round the docks this PM was interrupted by the discovery of a ATLANTIC GREY SEAL in the East Float. Could this by the same individual as was a few months ago, or a new visitor to the docks ?

Observer: Elliot Montieth 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Lesser Black-backed Gull

1  Lesser Black-backed Gull (very ill!!!) was picked up from the Egerton Dock this PM and has been taken into care.

Also 1 MOORHEN and 2 Mute Swans were on the Morpeth Dock.

Observer: Elliot Montieth 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


With it cracking the flags and with free time on my hands I trip to the Docks was in order. The first stop off was the Morpeth and Egerton Dock were it was evident that the breeding season was coming to a close as 15c Juv Gulls were bobbing about on the waters of Morpeth with on the roofs of the nearby buildings a flock of 33 Black-headed Gulls, along with 1 Great Black-backed Gull which flew over heading west.
Great Black-backed Gull
The Egerton Dock was quiet expect from a pair of Mute Swans which have been around for a few weeks now. This pair is believed to be the same pair which bred at Bidston Moss this summer raising a total of 3 young.
Mute Swan
The East Float was alive with action today with 4 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Canada Geese, 17 Cormorant (8 carbo), 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Great Black Backed Gull, 30c Common Tern and 10c Black-headed Gull.
Great crested Grebe

Cormorant (carbo)

Common Tern

Observer: Elliot Montieth