Sunday, 18 September 2016


After a break from Docks due to College work I was back down today to complete yet another WeBS.
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
The first stop off of the day was at the East Float which appeared pretty normal with 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Canada Geese, 34 Cormorant, 3 Great Black-backed Gull and 4 Linnet. But after a good 10mins the first Kingfisher of autumn was back which called as it shot along the east side of the Float. 1 "Large Plover SP" was flushed from the Clock Tower but didn't call and views weren't clear for an ID.
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Meanwhile over on the Egerton and Morpeth Dock, they too seemed pretty normal at first with 2 Moorhen and the 2 Mute Swans still present along with 5 Cormorant and a small passage of 3 Grey Wagtail. Yet over on the far side of Morpeth the Docks first record of *WIGEON* was discovered and showed very well and also seemed to be in good health. Surprisingly non of the gulls were remotely interested init.  
Wigeon (Anas Penelope)
The next stop was over to Seacombe were the high tide had forced waders to roost over on the Ferry Terminal: 34 Turnstone and 17 Redshank were counted along with 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK (winter plumaged adult) was found roosting amongst them. Unfortunately no images of the bird were managed, yet another first for the Docks!

Mixture of Redshank (Tringa tetanus) and Turnstone (Arenaria interpres),
can you spot the dead Redshank ?
Over to the West Float....nothing! But 1 Buzzard flew over the Gull Roost heading SE whilst being mobbed by a Carrion Crow.

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) chasing a Carrion Crow (

Bidston Moss was rather interesting today as on the Mainlake, the one which is always productive,  only the 6 Mute Swans (2 adults 3 immature) were about along with 21 Coot, that was it, no Tufted Duck, not even a Mallard or Great Crested Grebe! Yet walking round along the path past the Reed Bed behind B&Q which is usually empty: 2 Water Rail & 1 Cetti's Warbler called along with 2 Snipe (1st of autumn) being flushed.
The Cormorants have now started roosting in the Poplar Trees between the Pools
Meanwhile over on the pools 7 Teal were flushed from the River Birket which then 3 relocated on the Western Pool along with 11 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 5 Cormorant, 1 Green Sandpiper (1st of autumn) and yet another Kingfisher (male) which has been feeding on the abundance of fish in the drying up pools for the past few weeks now.

Teal (Anas crecca)

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Observers: Adele & Elliot Montieth

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