Sunday, 20 March 2016

20/03/16

After recovering from DofE I walked a complete circuit round the Docks today which produced some surprises, both good and bad!

The first surprises of the day came from the Egerton and Morpeth Dock with 2 Shelduck and 3 Cormorant (sinensis) on Morpeth with Egerton throwing up a MALE KINGFISHER!!! This is a moment we've all been hoping for, a male Kingfisher has finally joined the wintering female, the question is will the breed successfully?

Male Kingfisher, note all black bill
A walk over to the East Float was cut short by lets call it a "intimate" photo shoot on the East Float side of the Clock Tower. Viewing the East Float from the Wasteland and Duke Street Bridge did produce 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peregrine, 9 Great crested Grebe, 4 Shelduck34 Cormorant, 7 Canada Geese and the wintering Scaup. Strangely no sign of the Ringed Plover or Lapwings?

Cormorant

Scaup
Next stop was the Gull Roost with a total of 40c Gulls with no sign of the Great Black-backs but 20c Common Snipe, 8 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 40c Pied Wagtails (no Whites so far) and 2 Mallards.

Common Snipe

Redshank
Bidston Moss was overloaded with birdlife today with the main lake holding 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Moorhen, 14 Coot and 6 Mallard. It'll be great to have the Mutes and Grebes breeding this season but what I'm hoping for is that the Tufted Ducks might decide to breed this year.
Mute Swan

Tufted Ducks

Mallard
I check of Cheshire Bird News (Twitter) whilst walking round Bidston brought my attention to a Cetti's Warbler which had been heard in a reed bed near Bidston Station. As you can imagine I raced over to get it on the PWC List but I quickly stopped in my tracks by 3 fires in the reed bed behind B&Q, I put the fires out before they got any larger and made my way to the Pools.

It didn't take long to hear *1 CETTI'S WARBLER* calling in the Reed Bed between the Reed Bed and Station with the first Chiffchaff of the year calling in a nearby Willow Tree. Also the female Goldeneye has returned to the pools and shows well on and off.

Goldeneye
Observer: Elliot Montieth

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