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

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