Whilst on a patrol round the docks this afternoon I though that I'd try a new approach to seeing what Gulls were about, so I popped into the shops on the way down and bought some brown bread in order to attract what ever gulls were in the area. So for this plan to work I headed over to East Float to put this theory into action.
On arrival 21 Great crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatchers, 8 Canada Geese, 15 Cormorant (1 sinensis) and 1 Skylark (flyover) were present, mean while when the plan was put into gulls attract included: 17 Herring Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser black-backed Gull & 1 Great Black-backed Gull were all that were present; rather disappointing results.
Afterwards it was round to Seacombe Ferry were on the banks of the Alfred Dock adjacent to the bridge a 1st winter male STONECHAT was flushed and shortly afterwards relocated in the buddleia were the bird showed extremely well for a 10 minute period before the observers departed. This is the first record for the Docks with the only other record coming from an unconfirmed report from Bidston Moss in 2007.
|1st winter male Stonechat (Image - Elliot Montieth)|
Over at Seacombe all was again very quiet gull wise with fewer than 30 present with the Ferry Terminal hosting just 10c Redshank and 15c Turnstone.
The Gull Roost was also quiet with just 1 Mute Swan (5 were present on the 15th), 10 Shelduck and 1 Buzzard. Bidston Moss and the Back Pools how ever were slightly more "exciting" with joint totals of 2 Great crested Grebe, 4 Teal and 4 Tufted Duck.
observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson