Tuesday, 23 February 2016

23/02/16

Following the terrific findings of Shag, Scaup and Merlin on Sunday expectations for the docks were still high todays taking into account Mondays weather.

Shelduck (EM)

The Gull Roost had a new high count of 11 Shelduck along with 30c Pied Wagtail, 250c Black-headed, 100c Herring, 35c Lesser Black-Back and 20c Common Gull. Wader wise 2 Redshanks were patrolling the far NE scrapes with a single Redshank going along the central scrapes amongst the gulls. 27 Snipe were also flushed from the buddleia today with still no sign of a long awaited Jack.

A drive round to the West Float produced a particular high count of Cormorants for this part of the Docks with 28 birds being counted.

View over the East Float, south end (EM)

The East Float was rather surprising today both positively and negatively: Only 23 Great crested Grebe were on show and no sign of the Scaup! Currently trying to workout access to the Vittoria Dock, SE of the College, which is were I believe the Scaup and the rest of the Grebes may be sheltering as its the only place on the East Float which isn't observed.

A total of 47 Cormorants were recorded on the East Float with 32 on the Tern Raft including 2 Lapwing, but there was no sign of the 1st winter Shag from Sunday. Most of the birds were distant but managed to get a positive race ID on 16 sinensis and 6 carbo's.

Cormorants on the Tern Raft (EM)
Todays positive news came from the fact that 75 Cormorant in total had been recorded in the Docks, highest count so far this year, along with that the Wasteland just north of the Wallasey Flats (East Float) today had an abundance of waders: 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew and 4 RINGED PLOVER! Other birds beside the waders were 13 Starling, 1 Grey Wagtail and 10c House Sparrow.

Curlew (EM)


Ringed Plover with Starlings (EM)
Observers: Elliot & Adele Montieth

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