Sunday, 13 December 2015

WeBS 13/12/15

So today came my first WeBS count for the Docks, what surprises will there be?

First stop off was at Bidston Moss, which is part of the Docks but I rarely find time to visit it. Bidston Moss was once called Bidston Dock before being turned into a landfill site, before turning into the current day Bidston Moss. So Bidston Moss produced a nice selection of water birds with 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Coot and 36 Tufted Duck.

Great crested Grebe (EM)

The next stop off was the West Float were the only activity was at the Gull roost which had one very big surprise in stall...............1 SNIPE!!! I accidently flushed the bird as I was approaching the fence to count the gulls which consisted of 110c Black-headed Gull, 150c Herring Gull, 70 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 25c Common Gull, rather surprisingly there was not a single Great black-backed Gull! Going back to the SNIPE this is the 2nd record for the docks and it even blew me away! I would of thought that Snipe would of only been a fly over due to the habitat, but this bird was just sat next to small pool, before I came along.
Great crested Grebes (EM)
So after this magical moment we moved on to the East Float which was just shocking! Only 2 Cormorant, 33 Great crested Grebe30c Black-headed Gull and 30c Herring Gull, saying that there was 3 Curlew which were roosting by Abandoned Tower which then later flew off heading west.

Curlews (EM)
After visiting Morpeth and Egerton the days totals came to:
150c Black-headed Gull
200c Herring Gull
70c Lesser black-backed Gull
25c Common Gull
3 Cormorant
34 Great crested Grebe
11 Coot
1 Moorhen
36 Tufted Duck
1 Little Grebe
1 Snipe
3 Curlew

Over all a rather interesting day with some good and bad surprises.

Observers: Elliot and Adele Montieth

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