Tuesday, 28 June 2016


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

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