Sunday, 24 January 2016

Diver, Grebes and Scaup 24/01/16

After finishing my guided bird walk round Port Sunlight River Park this morning I headed down to the Docks where the 1st winter drake Scaup is still present on the East Float in front of the Wirral Met College. Parking is available in the east car park of the college and I wouldn't recommend parking anywhere else due to the high chance of getting a ticket/fine.

Great crested Grebes displaying (EM)
Other water birds apart from the Scaup where 25+ Great crested Grebe, 13 Canada Geese and 12 Cormorant (4 sinensis, 1 Carbo).

carbo Cormorant (EM)
Whilst watching multiple pairs of the Great crested Grebes displaying with mum and a local birder, I noticed in the corner of my eye a bird just "slip" into the water. The bird then resurfaced and there it was, a juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, which called!!! This represents only the 3rd record for the Docks, the 3rd inland record for Wirral this winter and the 2nd record for the Docks this winter!

Juv Great Northern Diver (EM)

Juv Great Northern Diver (EM)
After getting the news out Allan Conlin arrived just in the nick of time as Great Northern Diver resurfaced a few meters from the bank. Unlike the bird still at West Kirby this bird will travels vast distances from where it dives under, to where it resurfaces, often ending up on the completely opposite end of the float from where it set off from.

Great crested Grebe and Great Northern Diver (EM)

Great crested Grebe (EM)
Other birds observed whilst observing the GND where 3 Linnet, 1 Curlew (fly over), 2 Oystercatcher (fly over), 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail13 Canada Geese and 2 Grey Heron.

With 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Scaup this winter I thinks its safe to place Long-tailed Duck, Black throated Diver and Red-necked Grebe on the cards.

Observers: Elliot and Adele Montieth and Allan Conlin

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