Thursday, 19 November 2015


Since I didn't have to be in school till 11:15 I decided to spend my free time down at the docks.
The first stop was in fact to Pacific Road so that mum could pick up a package. While she was getting the package I went down to the Mersey at the bottom of the road to a small inlet which can be also accessed via the north end of the Morpeth Dock, were I had 2 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher and 9 MALLARD !!!  Yes believe it or not this is the first record for the Docks! There were 3 females and 6 drakes which were feeding in the mud in the inlet. Seems like a good site for Teal?
Curlew (EM)

Curlew (EM)

Afterwards we went down to the end of Morpeth Wharf were the Rock Pipit had been seen, whilst we didn't the Rock Pipit mum managed to see 1 Meadow Pipit. The Meadow Pipit is a bird which currently has not status at the docks, there's perfect habitat for them around the Morpeth Dock and West Float, so do they winter, summer (breed) or just a passage bird? If you do have any Meadow Pipit sightings then please do get in touch!
Mallards (EM)
From this we went over to the East Float were as we pulled up 1 Grey Heron was happily feeding away very close to the car, were over a period of 5 minutes it caught 6 fish. After watching this masterful assassin doing what he does best, I done a count of the Great crested Grebes which numbered 33 (1 on Alfred). Also at the East Float we had 2 Grey Wagtail and 3 Canada Geese. Better is yet to come!
Grey Heron (EM)
For the first time in while I paid a visit to the West Float were mum had finally found a good access site were we found 2 Great crested Grebe and "some" Canada Geese. From were we where standing we could see some gulls flying into the gull roost so we went over to investigate. While driving round I spotted 1 GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER flying east!!! This is the only the 2nd record of any woodpecker species at the docks as the first record was also a Great-spotted Woodpecker.

When we got over and had a look at the roost I had the shock of my life........ in amongst the Black-headed, Common, Herring, Lesser + Greater black backed Gulls a flock of 21 LAPWING!!! This is the 3rd record of Lapwing for the docks and this is by far the highest count of not just lapwing but also any wading birds for the Docks. Lapwings were first recorded in the summer of 2014 were  there was 2 adults and 1 Juv bird present, the same year they where believed to of bred on the East Float but there was solid evidence to prove this. They were then recorded again later in the year in the autumn when 1 bird flew over the East Float, and no records since. Also at the gull roost there were also 22 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Redshank.


Observes: Elliot and Adele Montieth


  1. The photographs are lovely, especially the curlew in flight.

  2. Thanks Cathy :) These are actually my best shots of Curlew as there a rather skittish birds, but the inlet allows you to get relatively close to them before they detect you and move on.