Sunday, 8 May 2016


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.
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

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