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 

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