Tuesday, 28 June 2016

28/06/16

After some absence due twitching both the Great Knot and American White-Winged Scoter and school work I finally managed to make a complete circuit round the Docks this PM.

A period of river watching over the Mersey from Woodside in the rain produced a variety  of birds including 14 Common Tern, 19 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher and 2 Shelduck.

Morpeth and Egerton had nothing.

The East Float was fairly productive with 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck and of course the Common Tern's which I'm glad to report are still going well. Meanwhile on the Wasteland both west and east contained 3 Lapwing (2 female & 1 male) as well as 2 Oystercatcher.

The Gull Roost along Beauford Road was slow creeping up in gull numbers with an estimate of 350c, mostly Lesser Black-backed Gull along with at Bidston Moss's Lake holding 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan (with young) as well as 1 drake Pochard which is believed to be the same bird at Port Sunlight River Park a few days previous.

Observer: Elliot Montieth

Behaviour I've been witnessing over past couple of weeks is Lesser Black-backed Gulls killing and eating Feral Pigeons.

Observer: Michael Grant

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

22/06/16

Exciting news has come from the Tern Raft today as the Docks second pair of Lapwing have bred successfully!

Observer: Michael Grant

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

15/06/16

Shelduck have bred successfully on Morpeth with 9 young, with on Egerton 2 Great Black-backed Gull (pair), 14 Cormorant flew over heading towards Hale and meanwhile on the East Float 1 Great crested Grebe (Juv) 1 Cormorant, 2 Canada Geese and 2 Shelduck were present.

Observer: Elliot Montieth

1 Lesser Black-backed Gull predated a Feral Pigeon which it partial eat before leaving it which when the surrounding Feral Pigeons fed from its crop before the LBBG returned.

Observer: Michael Grant

Sunday, 12 June 2016

12/06/16

With Red-necked Phalarope appearing at Woolston Eyes and a summer plumaged Long-tailed Duck (drake) at Lapwing Hall Pool I was hoping that something just as good would have dropped in at the Docks.

Woodside Ferry Terminal, Morpeth Dock and Egerton Dock were rather quiet with just 3 Shelduck being noted flyover Morpeth. As it stands all birdlife was concentrated over on the East Float today were the first sinensis Cormorant of the summer being noted along with 2 carbo Cormorant.
sinensis Cormorant

sinensis Cormorant


Todays highlight however went to a immature SPOONBILL flying over the East Float heading NE heading towards Seaforth. Due to the marking on the wings its believed that this is the same immature bird which was present at Hale last Friday.

There has been a large influx of Spoonbill in the North West with birds being noted at Hale, Frodsham, Burton Mere Wetlands and Leighton Moss. Out of the 4 sites Spoonbill the highest count was at Burton Mere Wetlands with a count of 7 birds, 1 adult with 6 immature birds.

Spoonbill

Other birds noted on the East Float were 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 5c Raven, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Juv Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shelduck along with a record count of 54 Common Tern. This is the first accurate of the species at the Docks this year and what's great news is that numbers are on the up since there discovery last year by almost double!
Common Tern

Shelduck

Observe: Elliot Montieth 

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

07/06/16

After a prolong period of absence from the Docks due to a number of things such as exams and attending BTO Bird Camp 2016 I was finally back in action today and boy the Docks didn't disappointed!

First stop was at Woodside Ferry Terminal were the site had its first decent bird since the blog was set up, 3 LITTLE TERN. The small flock shot right past heading east down the Mersey were they were soon picked up by Hale & Pickering Pasture patch birder Dave Craven heading towards the Runcorn Bridge.

The next stop offs were the Morpeth and Egerton Dock; Morpeth and Egerton have now decided to reserve in terms on birdlife so now it is Morpeth which is getting the birds and well as you can imagine Egerton is dead. This was evident today as Morpeth produced 2 Shelduck and Egerton....not even a Herring Gull.

East Float was still productive with 9 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 30c Common Tern, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 2 Lapwing, 7 Cormorant5 Raven (family) and 2 Oystercatcher.
Common Tern
Sea Watching at Seacombe produced nothing apart from 1 Black-headed Gull heading West. Where as the Gull Roost had a big summer flock of 200c Gulls which were mainly composed of Lesser Black-backed Gulls with a few Herring Gulls, 1 Lapwing was also present.

The final stop of the day was to Bidston Moss were the Lake was covered in the next generation of Coot, Mute Swan and Great Crested Grebe, along with 2 unseasonal drake Tufted Duck and 1 female Gadwall.
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Observer: Elliot Montieth