Managed to walk two full circuits of the Docks today.
Due to the horrendous weather conditions in the early morning I was unable to take any images from the Inlet round to the East Float, but there was still a fair bit to see. 2 Shelduck, 5 Mallard and 1 Pied Wagtail were hanging around the Inlet whilst on the East Float 2 Shelducks were present along with 20c Great crested Grebe over on the far side. The wasteland north of the Wallasey Flats had some minor disturbance this morning but 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Lapwing were about and actively feeding and fending off Corvids.
The Gull Roost was the next stop which apart from 300c Gulls (60% Lesser Black-backed) containing 3 Great Black-backed Gull (2 adults and 1 2nd cycle) and 10c Shelduck all seemed to be perfectly normal, but that was up until I came to counting the Snipe. After flushing 9 Snipe I went to sit down on one of the Granite blocks which was the moment *1 JACK SNIPE* decided to take off! About time one of these fellas turned up.
|Lesser Black-backed Gulls|
Bidston held the majority of todays birds with the Main Lake held host to 2 Mute Swan (1 on nest), 2 Great crested Grebe, 6 Mallard and 4 Tufted Duck (3 drakes 1 female). Chiffchaff numbers have been building up over the last 2 weeks from 1 to 6 Chiffchaff singing round the lake, with other spring news being that a male Kestrel has been appearing around the nest box but with no sign of a female. Whilst walking over to the "Golden Pools" I came across 1 Coot nest underneath the footbridge.
The Pools still had hold of the Goldeneye which is displaying to god knows what along with 4 Little Grebe which have decided to take up the pools as a potential breeding site. Whilst at the Pools there was 1 Chiffchaff calling, 1 Cormorant (carbo) flew down the Birket and 1 Grey Heron flew into the horse paddocks opposite Pools.
Walking back round I managed to pick up 2 more Chiffchaff calling at Bidston with 1 Grey Wagtail at the Gull Roost and whilst scanning the Mersey down at Seacombe Ferry (Within PWC boundaries) I came across an adult Mediterranean Gull (2nd record of the year) drifting out on the tide along with 1 Dunlin, 19 Turnstone and 8 Redshank roosting on the Terminal.
|Redshanks and Turnstone|
Observer: Elliot Montieth