Thursday, 18 February 2016

18/02/16

Walked another circuit of the Docks and Bidston Moss today.

Shelduck (EM)

As the tide wasn't low enough to expose the mud bank only 2 Shelduck (pair) where in the Inlet and surprisingly nothing notable on either the Egerton or Morpeth Dock. Just a flock Goldfinch's about.

The East Float had a wide variety of birdlife with 19 Cormorant (1 sinensis),  2-3 Turnstone (calling), 2 Great Black-Backed Gull, 1 Siskin5 Canada Geese1 Mistle Thrush, 13 Great crested Grebe along with 1 Sparrowhawk (female) soaring over the clock tower heading NE and 1 Kestrel shot over the Tern Raft.

Sparrowhawk (EM)
The next stop was the Gull Roost where despite there being 400c Gulls present (80% Black-headed Gull) with both Glaucous and Mediterranean Gull being seen on Wirral recently there was absolutely nothing amongst the gulls. But 1 Peregrine did fly over displacing the gulls along with 6 Shelduck.

I'm very pleased to report that there's one pair of Great crested Grebe at Bidston Moss which'll hopefully breed again this year following last years succession of 5 young. Other bird news from Bidston Moss is a new record count of 41 Tufted Duck, 1 Oystercatcher attempted to land on the lake edge but failed, 6 Lapwing flew over, 1 Water Rail was seen briefly and called in the reed bed, multiple flocks of Siskins were flying around, at least 5 Bullfinch's and 1 Buzzard flew over heading west whilst being mobbed by 4 Carrion Crow.

Tufted Duck (EM)

Great crested Grebe (EM)

Oystercatcher (EM)
Over at the pools the female Goldeneye was still about and which's between the two pools on a daily basis. There was also 1 Siskin (female), 1 Grey Heron and 29 Mallard.

Siskin (EM)

Goldeneye (EM)


Observers: Elliot & Adele Montieth

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