Sunday, 15 November 2015


Before heading off to Thurstaston to get ready for DAY 2 of Wirral Wader Festival. See more about this brilliant event on Wader Quests blog Wader Quest. In which I was the "Journalistic photographer"! I paid a quick visit to the Docks to see what was around.
So that I wasn't late I only had a quick 5min stop off. With all the weather that we've been getting due to Hurricane Abigale, I had my hopes up with maybe a "winter grebe", scoter or diver on one of the docks, but non of these were to be seen. Birds which were present at the Docks were 2 Cormorant (Carbo) on the Egreton Dock while on the East Float Great crested Grebe numbers had risen to 33 birds! The highest count so far this winter! Along with 5 Cormorant (3 Sinensis and 2 Carbo) But bird(s) of the day have to go to 2 Curlew (2nd record) which flew over the Morpeth Dock and headed south.
Something which did grab my attention was a huge flock of 1000+ Gulls all over the far side of the East Float. They were in the water, they were in the sky and on the roofs of all the nearby buildings! Could there of been a Mediterranean Gull or something rarer amongst them? At Hoylake the beach has been turned white over the last few days with the thousands of gulls in the roost, which as you might of expected has attracted a few rarer gulls such as Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gull! Not to mention a good selection of sea birds such as Arctic and Great Skua, Little Gull, Common Scoter and Long-tailed Duck! Its not just at coastal sites were numbers of gulls are rapidly increasing due to the weather, today there was a year record count of 400 gulls at Winsford Flash!
And to finish off, thank you ever so much Ellis and Rick Simpson (Wader Quest) for such a magical weekend with the Wirral Wader Festival. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I and the people of Wirral did and I wish you both the best of luck with your priceless conservation work in protecting the Waders of planet earth. I hope to see you very soon at Birdfair North at WWT Martin Mere next week :)
Ellis and Rick Simpson of Wader Quest. The stars of Wirral Wader Festival. (EM)
Observer: Elliot Montieth

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