Saturday, 5 March 2016

05/03/16

The Docks where alive with birds today with each area having its own surprises.

The Inlet concealed 3 Mallard and 2 Redshank with 1 Peregrine making regular visits over to Liverpool.

Morpeth had 2 Cormorants (sinensis), where as Egerton produced 1 Kingfisher and an unlikely visitor in the form of a Mute Swan. A bird which comes expecting to be fed.

Mute Swan (EM)
Kingfisher (EM)
The East Float still had hold of its drake Scaup which was actively feeding with a flock of 29 Great crested Grebe. Cormorant numbers were high today with a maximum of 41 (17 sinensis) on the float with no sign of the Shag. The wasteland surrounding the Wallasey Flats had no waders today.

Scaup (EM)

sinensis Cormorant (EM)

sinensis Cormorant (EM)

sinensis Cormorant (EM)


The West Float had a surprising 2 Great crested Grebe with 14 Canada Geese and 1 Lapwing flyover.

The Gull Roost is on the mend with 230c Gulls present but no sign of any white-wingers. Other birds present where 12 Shelduck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 50c Linnet and 24 Snipe.

Grey Wagtail (EM)

Redshank with Snipe (EM)
Despite the anglers Bidston Moss has still got hold of its Great crested Grebes along with 10 Tufted Duck, with 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Shelduck (flyover) 1 Siskin and 1 Buzzard being other noted birds.

Reed Bunting (EM)

Buzzard among Gulls (EM)

To round off the trip I walked up to Seacombe Ferry where on he exposed rocks 3 Turnstone, 1 Redshank and a Song Thrush, bit odd, where present.

Observer: Elliot Montieth

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