Sunday, 15 January 2017


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

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