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 Shelduck, 34 Cormorant, 7 Canada Geese and the wintering Scaup. Strangely no sign of the Ringed Plover or Lapwings?
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.
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.
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.
Observer: Elliot Montieth