Friday, 11 December 2015

11/12/15

Apologise for the lack of posts, there's been some technical issues with my laptop.

Popped down to the docks today before heading down to West Kirby Marine Lake to see the super showy Great Northern Diver. I first checked the West Float where there was just 1 Cormorant which flew over heading west........that was it apart from 1 Robin.

In contrast on the East Float there was 100c Herring Gulls, 4 Canada Geese, 6 Cormorant (2 sinensis) and an astonishing count of 42 Great crested Grebes! This is the 2nd highest count for the docks following a count of 60 Great crested Grebes back in January on the East Float. Seems a likely place for either Red-necked or Slavonian Grebe.

Juv sinensis Cormorant (EM)

Meanwhile on the Egerton Dock in the bushes there was 1 Blackbird, 1 Wren and 2 Magpie, while on the water there was 1 juv sinensis Cormorant and both the Little Grebe and Kingfisher were continuing to winter. The Kingfisher, female, has serval perches along the arches in the Dock and is best viewed on the first chain in the south west corner. The Little Grebe however is virtually impossible to see as it spends almost all of its time under the arches and doesn't appear to have a "favourite" arch way. 

Kingfisher (EM)

Sorry but I just need to include a few images of the Great Northern Diver from West Kirby Marine Lake today, what a beast it is! I've now also been informed of 2 pervious records of Great Northern Diver for the docks, that makes 3 including the one from 2 weeks ago which stayed for 4 days.

Great Northern Diver (EM)


Great Northern Diver (EM)
Observers: Elliot and Adele Montieth

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