After arriving back from my Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold (practise) up in the Lakes I headed straight back to my beloved Birkenhead Docks.
The Gull Roost was the first port of call with observer Adele Montieth finding the docks 3rd pair of Ringed Plover! Birkenhead Docks is the only place on Wirral where they breed annually. Whilst I was there I had 10 Shelduck (5 pairs), 4 Redshank (one bird observed hoping), 1 Snipe flew past, 5 Mallard (3M 1F), 30+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 13 Herring Gulls, 6 Black-headed Gull and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Its worth noting that water levels at the roost have dropped so very little gull activity.
Shelducks and Redshank
With watching over the West Float from the Duke Street throwing nothing but 15c Herring Gull I moved round to East Float where even numbers round here where rather low but never less the East Float still had a great variety of birdlife to offer: 14 Great crested Grebe, 6 Canada Geese, 29 Cormorant, 8 Shelduck, 2 Lapwing (M&F), 2 Ringed Plover, 5c Linnet, 4 Oystercatcher , 1 Mute Swan (Juv) and continuing over-wintering drake Scaup.
|Canada Goose, Herring Gulls and Oystercatchers|
|Scaup with Great crested Grebe|
Observer: Elliot Montieth