Monday, 30 January 2017

30/01/17

A brief walk round the East Float this evening was fairly productive with up to 3 Eurasian Curlew scattered on the Wasteland east & west of the Wallasey flats. 20 Great crested Grebes and 15 Great Cormorant (1 sinensis candidate) along with 2 Common Blackbird, 1 Pied Wagtail & 2 Mistle Thrush feeding east of the Clock Tower.

Mistle Thrush (Elliot Montieth)
2 LITTLE GREBE were also on Egerton Dock but were brief so couldn't manage a picture.

Observer: Elliot Montieth

Sunday, 22 January 2017

22/01/17

Back Pools:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Goldcrest
10 European Goldfinch
2 Greater Canada geese
12 Mallards
1 Common Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Eurasian Teal
1 Great Cormorant

Bidston Moss:
2 Common Buzzard
16 Eurasian Coot
16 tufted ducks 
2 Great Crested Grebe 

Gull Roost:
1 Pied wagtail
7 Common Shelduck
10 Common snipe
14 Northern lapwing
4 European Herring Gull 
1 Scandinavian Herring Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gull
50 Black-headed Gull

West Float:
2 Pied Wagtail
1 Great Cormorant

East Float:
1 Blue tit
5 Great Cormorant
2 Common Shelduck
2 Canada geese
1 Eurasian Curlew
1 Pied Wagtail
10 Great Crested Grebe
3 Meadow Pipit
1 Eurasian Oystercatcher

Morpeth Dock:
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Great Cormorant

Observer: Luke Anderson

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Sitings Update

Thursday 19/01/17

West Float:
3 Common Shelduck
50c Gulls sp
10c Common Snipe

East Float:
1 Common Kingfisher
1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
4 Greater Canada Geese
1 Peregrine
3 Meadow Pipit
20c Great crested Grebe
20c Great Cormorant

Egerton Dock:
1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk



Saturday 21/01/17

West Float:
20c Common Snipe
7 Common Shelduck

East Float:
1 Common Kingfisher
1 Peregrine


Observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson

Sunday, 15 January 2017

15/02/17

It was once again the return of the monthly WeBS count and the first of the new year, perhaps a new bird to go with the new year ? As always it started off with Morpeth & Egerton were much to our surprisement there was literally nothing, no mutes, no great cormorants or any gulls it was dead!
After this rather disappointing start which was reflecting the days weather it was then time to pop over to the East Float where thankfully it was a but more lively.

The waters held 3 Great Cormorant & 26 Great crested Grebe were on the wasteland surrounding it was much more productive with totals of: 10 Greater Canada Geese, 1 Common Gull, 107 Black-headed Gull, 64 European Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull1 Common Shelduck and for those who love there sub species and races like I do, then 3 Scandavain Herring Gulls were located amongst the roosting European Herring Gulls on the wasteland west of the Duke Street Bridge.
Scandavain Herrin Gull on far right (Elliot Montieth)

Great crested Grebe (Elliot Montieth)

3rd winter Scandinavian Herring Gull bottom right (Elliot Montieth)
Meanwhile a short trip over to Seacombe Ferry may of had numbers but lacked variety with a new high count of Ruddy Turnstone with 88 being counted of the Ferry Terminal along with another record count of 42 Common Redshank. 4 European Herring Gull & 14 Black-headed Gull were also present.

Mixed flock of Ruddy Turnstone & Common Redshank (Elliot Montieth)
It was now time to pop over to the West Float Gull were the number of gulls present were just staggering: 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 876 European Herring Gull, 11 Common Gull, 133 Black-headed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull along with an extra 4 Scandavain Herring Gull being discovered. Moving away from the Gulls there was other birdlife about as expected including 4 Common Shelduck, 72 Northern Lapwing and a count of 42 Common Snipe which was done on the 14th.

Scandavain Herring Gull in centre of frame (Elliot Montieth)

Great Black-backed Gull (Elliot Montieth)
Over onto Bidston and the Back Pools it was again another case of good numbers but lack of variety with totals from the 2 sites combined being: 1 Lesser Redpoll (call), 6 Eurasian Teal, 10 Common Moorhen, 10 Mallard, 28 Eurasian Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 24 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail (call), 1 Pied Wagtail & 2 Common Buzzard.

Grey Heron (Elliot Montieth)

Observer: Adele & Elliot Montieth

Friday, 13 January 2017

13/01/17

After last nights arctic weather conditions with the little old Wirral being battered by howling winds, hammering rain and immense hail storms, it would only right for there to be something a little different to be round the Docks, a diver, white-winged gull, a rare grebe or sea duck would all be suitable candidates.

Pied Wagtail (Elliot Montieth) - 1 of 2 feeding round Hamilton Square
The first stop offs were at Woodside Ferry Terminal, Morpeth & Egerton Dock were there was literally nothing: 50c Black-headed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Cormorant & the wintering Mute Swans were all that were on show today.

Black-headed Gulls (Elliot Montieth) - Riding the wind at Woodside

Meanwhile over the East Float the action was hotting up a bit with the 4 Meadow Pipits still near the Clock Tower along with 4 Greater Canada Geese. Over on the float its self Great crested Grebe number 39! Whilst Great Cormorants were numbering at 23 and 3 Great Black-backed Gull made a fly over as well did the wintering female Peregrine which made a fly by over the Clock Tower heading west. Like the Meadow Pipits, Peregrine have also been very thin on the ground this year with only the female being noted so far this winter and no sign of the male.

Peregrine (Elliot Montieth) - Record shot of the wintering female over East Float
The last stop of the day was at Seacombe Ferry were unfortunately very little was about: 11 Common Redshank, 19 Ruddy Turnstone and 2 Mistle Thrush's were all that was on offer.

Mistle Thrush (Elliot Montieth) - 1 of 2 feeding at the east end of the Terminal

Common Redshank (Elliot Montieth) - Best place to photograph this species

Observer: Elliot Montieth

Thursday, 12 January 2017

12/01/17

Despite several days of arctic winds coming down up the UK the Docks were once again barren of anything which you would expect with this time of year and weather conditions: Rare Grebes, Divers & Sea Ducks, nothing. On this morning stroll very little was about, 1 Great Cormorant was on the Morpeth Dock whilst the wintering Mute Swans were still present on the Egerton Dock.

Meanwhile over on the East Float 15 Great crested Grebes were present along with Eurasian Curlew (flyover), 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Great Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail which was flushed from within the Clock Tower & now a flock of 4 Meadow Pipit over on the Moss just east of the Clock Tower.

Meadow Pipit (Elliot Montieth)
Observer: Elliot Montieth

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

11/07/17

Due to the gale force winds, hail & rain, very little to no counts were able to be done this evening round the Docks. However, what was countable were singles of Eurasian Curlew & Eurasian  Oystercatcher along with a roost of 150c Black-headed Gull and 6 Great Cormorant (5 carbo & 1 sinensis).

Eurasian Curlew (Elliot Montieth)
Observer: Elliot Montieth

Sunday, 8 January 2017

08/01/17

With news of a Common Pochard over at Bidston, 3rd record for the site, it was a mad dash over to try and get this Patch rarity on the year list for Patch Work Challenge. WAXWING have been invading the North West over the past 2 weeks with over 300 birds scattered about, Wirral its self has been a minor invasion with flocks of 2's or 3's turning up all over. So it was only going to be a matter of time till there was a bird at the Docks and today at 9:50am today that a flock of 4 appeared briefly in a crab apple tree along Watson Drive before being flushed by Cat, were the flock headed east.
For those who weren't birding in the time of the last eruption year (2012/13), Hamilton Square held host a flock of over 150 Waxwings!

Bohemian Waxwing  flying over St Asaph, hopefully there'll be more Waxwings which
will stay to be photographed as the winter goes on! (Elliot Montieth)
Afterwards it was a quick scan of the East Float were only 25 Great crested Grebe, 1 Curlew, 8 Cormorant and 6 Canada Geese were present. When while on the West Float Gull Roost 15c Common Snipe were present along with 1 Kestrel89 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, 3 Common Gull and the first record of TEAL for the site, with 7 birds present but undoubtedly more were present.

Grey Heron (Luke Anderson)

Northern Lapwing (Elliot Montieth)

1st record of Eurasian Teal on the West Float (Elliot Montieth)

Record shot of Common Snipe (Elliot Montieth)
Next up it Bidston Moss were sadly there was no sign of the drake Pochard, but what was about were 1 Water Rail, 1 Mute Swan11 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 5 Moorhen & 12 Coot. In the surrounding trees and bush's 5 Bullfinch and 2 Goldcrest were about along with a male REED BUNTING in the B&Q Reed Bed.

Tufted Ducks & Eurasian Coot (Elliot Montieth)

Goldcrest (Luke Andersen)
Pink-footed Geese (Elliot Montieth)
Meanwhile over the Back Pools there was yet no sign of the drake Shoveler was no where to be see, Mallard numbers were on the up with 141 Teal was on the Pools whilst 4 were on Birket, 1 Common Snipe was flushed from Pools and were relocated on Birket, 2 Common Buzzard circled over and 2 Bullfinch's were also about along with 1 ringed Robin.

"Atlantic" Great Cormorant (Elliot Montieth)

European Robin (Elliot Montieth)

Common Buzzard (Elliot Montieth)

Observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson  

Saturday, 7 January 2017

07/01/17

There was a male Pochard on Bidston Dock pool with the (10) Tufted Duck this afternoon.

The male Shoveler was again on the pool at Bidston Nature Reserve & 2 Teal on the Birket nearby.

Observer: Colin Schofield

Thursday, 5 January 2017

05/01/2017

The East Float was fairly active today with up to 19 Great crested Grebe, 2 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Pied Wagtails (1 pair) along with 19 Cormorant (1 prob sinensis). Next up was the Egerton & Morpeth which apart from the 2 Mute Swans present as always all there was of note was 1 Redwing in the Rowen's along Morpeth.

Redwing (Luke Anderson)
Next up was a rechecked of the East Float were 2 Sparrowhawk (male & female), soared over the Clock Tower before heading East towards Hamilton Square. Meanwhile on the Float its self there were now 21 Great crested Grebe with now 3 Great Black-backed Gull scattered around the area, but the stars of the day go to the 3 Meadow Pipit which were with the now
2 Pied Wagtail south of the Clock Tower.

male Pied Wagtail (Elliot Montieth)

female Sparrowhawk (Elliot Montieth)

female Pied Wagtail (Elliot Montieth)
Meadow Pipits are usually a common winter visitor to the Docks which are most often found on the Wasteland east of Wallasey Flats and on the West Float Gull Roost with flocks of birds ranging between 5 up to 30-40 birds and every so often containing Rock Pipit. But so far this winter they've been rather thin on the ground with the only record being of a single bird foraging on the Wasteland south of the clock tower on January 3rd 2017. So to get a "flock" of 3 birds is defiantly something to cause a little excitement.

The 3 Meadow Pipit (Elliot Montieth)

Meadow Pipit (Elliot Montieth)

Meadow Pipit (Elliot Montieth)

Observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

03/01/17

River Birket:
1 Little Egret, 3 Moorhen, 1 Teal,
3 Mallard & 12 Canada Geese

Back Pools:
2 Teal, 1 Mallard, 7 Coot
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 7
1 Grey Wagtail (Heard)

B&Q Reed Bed:
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard) &
5c Goldcrest

Bidston Moss:
2 Great crested Grebe, 3 Moorhen
16 Coot, 1 Common Buzzard
11 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard &
1 Cormorant

Coot & Tufted Duck (Elliot Montieth)

West Float Gull Roost:
22 Common Snipe, 66 Northern Lapwing
5 Great Black-backed Gull,
1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (?),
500c Black-headed Gull, 15c Common Gull,
25c Lesser Black-backed Gull, 300c Herring Gull,
50c Carrion Crow & 2 Shelduck.

1st winter Great Black-backed Gull

3rd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (Elliot Montieth)

East Float:
16 Great crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant,
2 Coot, 2 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher,
10c Linnet, 30c Goldfinch & 1 Meadow Pipit

Alfred Dock:
2 Mute Swan

Egerton & Morpeth:
1 Cormorant


Observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson