I received word yesterday from an observer saying that they where unsure whether or not there was a 1st winter drake Scaup or Scaup hybrid on the East Float. Although the plumage superficially resembles that of a 1st winter drake Scaup, rarely encountered on Wirral, we believe that the bird is most likely the result of hybridisation, due to it's steep sloping forehead which isn't a feature typically found on Scaup.
|Possible Scaup hybrid|
Since today I had a free period mum and I went down to the Docks to check out the bird. I found the bird rather close on the water directly in front of the Clock Tower on the East Float, were it was associating with a group of 16 Great crested Grebe, 3 of which were already in there jaw dropping summer plumage.
Possible Scaup hybrid (EM)
|Possible Scaup hybrid (EM)|
|Possible Scaup hybrid, note steep forehead (EM)|
The bird appeared to be rather comfily on the outer rim of the flock, if the bird got too close to the main flock then the bird would be "rejected".
|Great crested Grebe (EM)|
Afterwards we checked Morpeth, Egerton and the Inlet. Morpeth had a few Black-headed and Herring Gulls and Egerton still had hold of its Little Grebe. The Inlet was proactive today with the low tide resulting in 1 Peregrine, 3 Turnstone, 2 Oystercatcher and 3 Mallard (2M 1F).
A quick drive round to the Gull Roost produced an estimated 120c Gulls (80% Black-headed) containing 2 Great black-backed Gull, 20c Starling, 4 Shelduck, and on the edge of a flock of 3 Meadow Pipit and 10+ Pied Wagtail was 1 ROCK PIPIT, (2nd record). I saw the bird through mums bins but was unable to relocate when swapping to camera so no images were taken, hopefully it'll stay to get photographed.
|Meadow Pipits (EM)|
Observers: Elliot and Adele Montieth