Saturday, 12 December 2015


Despite the dreadful weather today I still walked down to the docks to see what surprises the weather would bring.

First stop off was the inlet which was totally engulfed by gulls; 95c Black-headed Gull15c Herring Gull, 2 Great black-backed Gulls, 1 Juv Lesser black-backed Gull and 1 Common Gull, all feeding on the fresh supply of "waste".

Redshank (EM)

Morpeth was dead as usual with just 1 Cormorant. In contrast on Egerton there was 1 Redshank, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Juv Moorhen which has decided to relocate back on Egerton after spending some time on Morpeth.


Mute Swans (EM)

Over on the East Float there was still 42 Great crested Grebe, along with record counts for both Coot and Mute Swan, were there wasn't just 1 but 2 COOT along with a flock of 8 Mute Swans, which flew over heading SE. This is the 2nd record of Mute Swans for the site as the first were the young from Bidston Moss which occurred on 2 dates. There was also a total of 19 Cormorant (3 sinensis) on the float today.

sinensis Cormorant (EM)

sinensis Cormorant (EM)

sinensis Cormorant (EM)

Whilst I was walking back 1 Curlew flew over the East Float heading NE and on the inlet there was 4 Mallard, consisting off 3 drakes and 1 female.

Observer: Elliot Montieth


  1. The Redshank is not a showy bird, but exudes a delightful quiet charm. It must have been astonishing to see so many swans in flight together. All in all, worth getting (very very) wet for!

  2. Looks like it was you and me out and about in the rain matey,