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

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