Sunday, 26 February 2017

Post Doris - 24/02/17

A post Doris patrol started off with Egerton & Morpeth Dock this am with as per not much being present besides 2 Peregrine showing at Hamilton, 2 Mute Swans on Egerton with 2 Lesser Black-backed & 1 Great Black-backed Gull and a flock of 4 Long-tailed Tit round the hedges of Morpeth.

Meanwhile on the East Float there was a definitive lack of birdlife with only 17 Great crested Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull & 4 Cormorant. Mean while on Gull Roost there was yet another shockingly low variety of birds on the scene with only 22 Carrion Crow, 11 Lapwing, 3 Black-headed Gull, 14 Herring Gull & 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. 1 Buzzard was observed later in the day.

Over to Bidston & the Back Pools the main surprises came from a discovery of 2 LITTLE GREBE on the eastern Back Pool with is what seemingly looking like a potential breeding attempt and if it would be, then it would be the first documented breeding attempt (hopefully successful) of the species. Little Grebe was once a fairly common species to both the Back Pools & Bidston but over the course 2016 numbers dropped off massively with this pair of birds being the first observed since September were there was a single bird on Bidston's main lake. The reason for the decrease in records could be down to a number of factors such as an increase in disturbance at both sites as well as having to put up with an increase number of larger and more aggressive birds including primarily Canada Goose & Coot.

1 Jack Snipe was flushed from B&Q Reed Bed.

Observers: Luke Anderson & Elliot Montieth

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