Thursday, 26 May 2016

26/05/16

1 ATLANTIC GREY SEAL was in the East Float today feeding on an Eel adjacent to the Wallasey Flats. Pictures of the Seal our on my blog - Elliot's Birding Diaries

Observer: Elliot Montieth

Saturday, 21 May 2016

21/05/16

21 Common Terns were around the Pontoon today with 1 newly fledged Raven with no sign of the 2 fledglings from yesterday and the adults.

Observer: Michael Grant

After spending the morning at Burton Marsh and finding a family party of Raven (2 adults & 2 Juv) I headed to the Docks. On the Inlet 2 Shelduck were present which latter flew east over the Egerton Dock.

On the East Float 3 Shelduck, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Oystercatcher and 3 Cormorant were about with a few Canada's still on nests.

Canada Goose
Seacombe Ferry was productive with 9 Oystercatcher, 3 Mallard and a rather surprising find of 2 ALTANTIC GREY SEAL!!! The first time I've seen at this site but have seen Seals as far up as Port Sunlight River Park and a few years ago I even had harbour porpoise at Eastham Ferry!

Atlantic Grey Seal

Atlantic Grey Seal
Observer: Elliot Montieth

Friday, 20 May 2016

20/05/16

2 Raven chicks fledged from the nest today.

Observer: Michael Grant

Friday, 13 May 2016

13/05/16

After dipping on the Western Subalpine Warbler at Red Rocks I made my way round to the Docks to see if at last had any Black Tern's had decided to pay a visit to the Docks and for this I headed to the East Float.

From the Duke Street Bridge lay by 1 Raven was on the nest with 1 Cormorant, 1 Lapwing4 Canada Geese and 2 Shelduck also around and 6 Common Tern on the pontoon.

A check on the wasteland revealed that the Lapwing chicks were still about with just 2 present along with brilliant news of 2 Ringed Plover chicks which me and Adele watched hatching! There was also the male Ringed Plover present along with a Lapwing which put on a show as it was displaying over head.
Lapwing

Ringed Plover adult and chick!
A check of the East Float from the College produced 2 Shelduck (relocated on Alfred), 2 Canada Geese, 4 Great crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant (1 2nd cycle sinensis) and 1 Great Black-backed Gull.

A final check of the Alfred Dock resulted in 3 Common Tern heading over to the pontoon and the 2 Shelduck which flew over from the East Float and an Oystercatcher were feeding on the exposed Mud and Mussels.  

Observers: Adele & Elliot Montieth

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

10/05/16

Paid an afterschool visit to the Docks today.

2 Shelduck (pair) were down at the Inlet. The East Float saw 5 Great crested Grebe present, 2 of the birds are presumed to be those which failed to breed at Bidston Moss. Other birds on the East Float included 4 Canada Geese (2 chicks) and 3 Oystercatcher.

Highlight this evening was a Common Sandpiper which was feeding around the Alfred Dock along with a Oystercatcher and Canada Goose.


Observer: Elliot Montieth

Sunday, 8 May 2016

08/05/16

Before spending the afternoon up at Ainsdale for a young birders trip I'd organised for Me, Joel Tragen, Sophie Bagshaw and Will Catlin, I spent the morning down at the Docks.

The first port of call were the Morpeth & Egerton where Morpeth dominated with a total of 6 Oystercatcher (flyover) & 5 Shelduck. For once Egerton was dead!

The East Float was overloaded with activity: 17 Common Tern, 3 Great crested Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull1 Mallard (drake), 7 Shelduck, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen (heard) 6 Canada Geese (1 chick) were on the Float its self.
Common Tern
On the surround wasteland 5 Lapwings were around along with the female with 3 chicks as well as 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Whitethroats which were a nice surprise. Mean while in the skies above 4 House Martin were soaring very high up with 2 Raven still around the nets.
Ringed Plover
The Gull Roost was rather quiet with just 6 Shelduck around, 220c Gulls, 3 Swallow and a surprise flock of 4 Ringed Plover which were flushed along with the gulls when a Peregrine flew over.

Bidston Moss was also very active today with the reed bed containing 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler. the surrounding trees and bushes had a combined total of 9 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff.

On the lake 2 Mute Swans, 12 Coot, 5 Mallard and 2 Moorhen were about with the skies above containing 2 Swift, 3 House Martin1 Swallow and 2 Kestrels.
Kestrel
The finally stop was at Seacombe were there was a mixed flock of 46 Dunlin! Containing one larger wader which I believed to be a Knot, with 5 Turnstone roosting on the ferry terminal.
Part of the Dunlin flock
Observer: Elliot Montieth

1 Wheatear (female) was on the wasteland north of the Wallasey Flats.

Observer: Adele Montieth

Saturday, 7 May 2016

07/05/16

3 Common Terns round the "Tern Raft" this afternoon on the East Float.

Observer: Michael Grant

Friday, 6 May 2016

A Tern for the better

8 Common Tern were flying around the Pontoon on the East Float this morning.

Observer: Michael Grant

After getting a message from Michael about the very exciting news about the Terns finally back at the Docks I made my way round after school.

When I arrived in the late afternoon only 1 Common Tern was present on the East Float along with 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 3 Raven, 5 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant (carbo) and 4 Canada Geese. Checking round the float there were no Wheatears present but a few loose flocks of Linnet and Pied Wagtail.

Record shot of Common Tern
Even better news (better news than the returning terns!) came from the Docks today as on the wasteland north Wallasey Flats I can now confirm that against all the odds Lapwings have bred at the Docks and have raised 3 beautiful chicks, which just magical to watch. 
Adult female Lapwing

Lapwing chick
Over at Seacombe the combination of a scope and a very low meant that  I was able to check the mud bank over on the Liverpool side of the Mersey were I finally managed to pick up 1 Whimbrel!!! Should be a few about the Docks on Sunday with the 10.1 meter high tide. The low tide at Seacombe meant that the shore line around the Ferry Terminal was alive with birds feeding on the newly exposed shoreline: 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Turnstone, 2 Mallard (pair) & 1 Common Gull (1st summer).

A scan of the surrounding roof tops showed that both Lesser Black-backed Gulls & Herring Gulls were on nests (some rather impressive ones) in decent numbers.

Lesser Black-backed Gulls
A quick check of the Gull Roost resulted in 6 Swallow, 4 Pied Wagtail and 6 Shelduck

Observers: Elliot & Adele Montieth

Monday, 2 May 2016

WHEATEAR!!!

After a period of absence twitching Kentish Plover & Smew along with dipping the White-Crowned Sparrow at Woolston, today I was back in action and the Docks didn't fail in throwing up surprise, after surprise, after surprise. 

Great crested Grebe
The first stop on todays trip was the East Float, which from the Wirral College I noted 4 Mallard, 1 Shelduck, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Great crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant and 1 Canada Goose. The Great crested Grebe did catch a prey item which if anyone is good at identifying fish it would be deeply appreciated if you could assist in getting an ID.

Great crested Grebe
The next stop was at the Wallasey Flats to check on the wasteland. The wasteland north on the flats had hold of 3 Lapwing (2f & 1m), 4 Ringed Plovers and the 1 WHEATEAR (female) 1st of spring!

Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover
The wasteland south of the flats held even more with a total of 7 WHEATEAR (5f & 2m) being counted along with 1 Mistle Thrush and a flock of 5c Linnet. Mean while in the skies above an aerial Dog Fight was taking place between one of the breeding Ravens on the East Float and a Herring Gull, the Raven won when its partner joined in on the action.

Raven & Herring Gull

Raven

Raven

Wheatear
The next stop was a quick trip round to the Gull Roost which was rather quiet Gull wise, 17 but was saved by 1 Snipe, 7 Mallard, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit and 6 Shelduck.

Observers: Elliot & Adele Montieth