Saturday, 13 February 2016

13/02/16

Spent 6 hours today walking a completed circuit round the Docks and Bidston Moss.

The East Float was fairly quiet with 17 Great crested Grebe scattered about along with 1 Curlew (roosting) and 1 Oystercatcher,  12 Canada Geese and a nice count of 16 Cormorant (9 sinensis).

Curlew (EM)
Great crested Grebe (EM)
The West Float only had 5 Cormorant (3 sinensis)

sinensis Cormorant (EM)
The Gull Roost contained a rather large and unexpected shock today as when I was walking along I the fence I somehow flushed a flock of 50+ SNIPE (Blue means way over average count) from amongst the buddleia. I'm stilled stunned at sheer number of them! Other birds present where 2 Linnet, 1 Redshank, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Shelduck, 70c Gulls and 6 Meadow Pipit.

Snipe (EM)
A complete walk round Bidston Moss today produced a wide variety of birds today including a few newbies to add to my list for Patch Work Challenge. The Lake at 10+ Tufted Duck and 1 Great crested Grebe with a female Reed Bunting in the reed bed. The woods produced 2 Bullfinch, 2 Redwing (1 Icelandic),1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 30c Long-tailed Tit and 1 Jay.

Great spotted Woodpecker (EM)

Jay (EM)
Whilst watching the female Goldeneye on the pools at the back I heard 1 Water Rail and a male Kestrel flew over. 

Goldeneye (EM)

Observer: Elliot Montieth

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