Saturday, 4 February 2017


Yet another quality day out to the one and only Birkenhead Docks today. The day was kick started with good counts of Peregrine (3), Great Crested Grebe (65! Highest count), Great Black-backed Gull (16! Highest count), Mistle Thrush (5) and Cormorant (41 carbo + 2 sinensis) which were situated amongst the Egerton Dock, Morpeth Dock and East Float.

Peregrine - 1/3 seen on todays visit, only the 2nd record of individual birds being
seen in a single day (Image - Elliot Montieth)

Great crested Grebe - All but a handful are now in there fabulous summer plumage
(Image - Elliot Montieth)
Afterwards it was a trip over the Gull Roost (West Float) were totals were 13 Common Gull, 2 Snipe, 46 Lapwing, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit8 Lesser Black-backed Gull,160c Black-headed Gull, 80c Herring Gull (4 poss argentatus) and a very fine looking 3rd winter YELLOW-LEGGED GULL which has been the first site record for donkeys years!!! Which on confirmation I had to give Luke Anderson a bell who was up a Bidston Moss so he could get a sneek peak of it before it departed heading east towards Woodside.

3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull - Departing from the roost just 20mins after its
discovery (Image - Elliot Montieth).

3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull - The of many images taken of this stunning bird
taken; features which caught my attention were its yellow legs, primary mirrors, eye ring & short
thick bill. (Image - Elliot Montieth)

3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull - Last image of the bird as it departed; can see clearly
in this image the absence of large mirrors on the primaries which help to rule out Herring
Gull. (Image - Elliot Montieth)

Afterwards it was round to Bidston Moss and the Back Pools were besides from a possible CETTI'S WARBLER by Luke in the B&Q Reed Bed totals were 1 Song Thrush, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard1 Teal, 8 Mallard, 41 Canada Geese (Back Pools), 70c Woodpigeon, 33 Coot, 3 Moorhen and to round it all off a rather sulky 1st winter drake SHOVELVER (4th site record) was round on the Back Pools.

1st winter drake Shoveler - Apprantly first seen on the 16th of January and the 2nd
record for the winter, this little beaut is the 4th record for the site! (Image - Elliot Montieth)

Observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson


  1. That last flight shot is a corker Elliot!

    keep up the good work - urban birding at its best



  2. Went to back pools 6.2.17 and saw adult male shoveler as well as the one pictured above.