Thursday, 7 January 2016

07/01/16

After a few weeks of absence from birding due to revision, I finally got back into action and headed down to the mighty Birkenhead Docks.

Peregrine Falcons (EM)
 As me and mum were driving down to check the Inlet I spotted 2 Peregrines (M+F) perched on top of the Tunnel Vent. On the inlet 60c Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Gull, 20c Herring Gull and 4 Lesser black-backed Gull were present feeding on the sewage, whilst 1 Dunnock, 2 Blackbirds and 2 Woodpigeon were in the surrounding bushes.

Egerton Dock was barren and Morpeth Dock had a mixture of Juv Herring and Lesser black-backed Gulls numbering 17.
Sinensis Cormorant (EM)

Sinensis Cormorant (EM)
The waves on the East Float prevented any accurate counting of Great crested Grebes but a few individuals were in summer plumage. 2 Cormorants were in the Alfred Dock were once we'd reached the viewing point from Duke Road we had 4 Cormorant (1 sinensis), 2 Coot and 30c Black-headed Gulls with one in full summer plumage.
Lapwing (EM)

Shelduck (EM)



Lapwing (EM)
Today's activity was all concentrated at the West Float Gull Roost were there was 3 SHELDUCK (2nd record), 3 LAPWING and 13 SNIPE!!! Once again I flushed the Snipe without knowing it, but one bird did return shortly afterwards so that I could actually get some record shots. Looking good for a Jack Snipe now (Wishful thinking).

Black-headed Gull and Snipe (EM)

Snipe (EM)
Overall the numbers at the gull roost were rather low were 50c Black-head Gull, 30c Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200c Herring Gull, 20c Common Gull and just 2 Great black-backed Gull.
2nd winter Lesser black-backed Gull, 3rd winter Herring Gull and Lapwings (EM)
Over at Bidston Moss 1 Great crested Grebe, 2 Mallard, 25c Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe and just 5 Tufted Duck (1F,4M) where on the lake. Whilst at Bidston Moss Cormorants were left right and centre, just everywhere, the days total was suddenly boosted to 33 Cormorants, 13 of which were "race-able" and they were all sinensis!
Tufted Ducks (EM)
Observers: Elliot and Adele Montieth

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