Wednesday, 17 August 2016


With a week long trip to Bardsey Island quickly approching and autumn migration kicking off with the first Ortolan Buntings and Wrynecks of the year, I made my last trip to the Docks to see if it wanted to throw up anymore surprise birds that I could actually see to add to Patch Work Challenge.

The Woodside Ferry Terminal and Inlet were dead to say the least with just small flocks of roosting Black-headed Gull. Meanwhile on the Morpeth and Egerton Dock life was booming: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen and 7 Cormorant (2 sinensis).

sinensis Cormorant
Mean while over at the East Float, 53 Canada Geese (record for East Float), were counted along the west side along with 31 Cormorant (7 sinensis), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail1 Great Black-backed Gull and 4 Great Crested Grebe were also of note.
Great crested Grebe

Carrion Crow

The Gull Roost was barren today with nothing of interest apart from the 2 Raven soaring high over the Beauford Road, which later perched on the large yellow static crane. Despite the abundance of Carrion Crow with 34 being counted in total from today there was still no sign of the Hooded Crow.
A walk round to Bidston Moss was fairly productive with 1 Chiffchaff singing (bit late ?) along 4 Mute Swan on the main lake, with on the Pools 1 Grey Heron (Juv) and 1 Kingfisher (heard), being the highlights. Seems that the recent heat has evaporated a large percentage of water at the Pools at Bidston making it much easier of birds to catch a snack.
Grey Heron
Also, during an early Vis Mig session this morning up at Bidston, 1 Yellow Wagtail was picked up.

Observer: Elliot Montieth

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