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

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