Wednesday, 20 April 2016

20/04/16

The docks were there normal selves today with little sign of migrants: Morpeth was still holding its 2 Shelduck, the East Float had 3 Mallard, 1 Great crested Grebe, 3 Lapwing and 1 Canada Goose and the Gull Roost had a mix of  2 "White" Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 250c Gulls (70% Lesser Black-backed Gull) along with 8 Shelduck and a single Swallow.
Swallow

Jackdaw

Starling
In contrast Bidston Moss was alive with migrants today: 12 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Whitethroat were the totals from both the main site and the lakes. Learning the calls and songs of Warblers can be very useful when it coming to getting an ID on rare warblers such as Iberian and Siberian Chiffchaff.

Whitethroat
Heading away from the migrants Bidston Lake produced 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe and 6 Mallards (all drakes). Meanwhile in the skies above 1 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk (female) were circling around and over on the pools the only birds of interested were the remaining 2 Little Grebe and 1 Reed Bunting (1st male record of the year).
Buzzard

Blackcap (male)
The first chicks of the year were out and about today with 3 Coot chicks underneath the footbridge and a further 4 of on the Pools.

Coot and young
On my way back from the Docks I pasted the East Float which threw up a big surprise with a flock of 89 Black-Tailed Godwit which flew over heading south.

Black-tailed Godwits

Observer: Elliot Montieth

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