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 Cormorant, 5 Raven (family) and 2 Oystercatcher.
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