Saturday, 16 April 2016

16/04/16

After 2 solid days of revision I had a break this afternoon and had a quick patrol of the Docks.

The first stop off was the Inlet which had 2 Shelduck (pair) present with another pair flying up the Mersey. There also activity off over on the Liverpool side of the Mersey with what appeared to be a fishing frenzy and amongst the Gulls I managed to pick out the first Sandwich Terns and Kittiwakes of the year with an estimate of 3 each along with 10c Common Gull.

female Shelduck
Afterwards I changed my usual plan and headed over to Seacombe Ferry hoping for a Little Gull. Sadly there were no Little Gull to be seen but 4 Mallard were present along with 3 Oystercatcher and 2 Great Black-backed Gull.

Mallards

Great Black-backed Gulls

Herring Gull & Oystercatcher
The East Float was surprisingly quiet today with only 7 Canada Geese, 1 Raven, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Shelduck being counted. Also a further 3 Oystercatcher on the Alfred Dock as the water level has been dropped exposing sections of the base which is covered in Mussels.

Oystercatcher

Finally stop of the day was the Gull Roost which was also surprisingly quiet with just 10 Shelduck and a couple of Pied Wagtails with a possible Grey Wagtail being heard.

Observer: Elliot Montieth

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