Monday, 9 October 2017


A good tour round the docks today for todays WeBS; the count was kick started with the docks third record of Great Spotted Woodpecker coming in fresh off the Mersey off the inlet whilst the docks first record of Yellow-browed Warbler was heard calling in a loose tit flock in the plantation east of Morpeth dock.

The waters of Morpeth and Egerton were as usual quiet with three Great Cormorant and one Mute Swan. Whilst overhead two Redwing, four Blackbird, one Grey Wagtail and nine Pied Wagtail were logged heading west. 

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) - Elliot's Birding Dairies 
East Float seemed to be struggling to hold the top dog title today with the product of an hours watch being only four Great Black-backed Gull, one Peregrine Falcon, 11 Great crested Grebe, six Common Skylark, one Common Chaffinch and ten Great Cormorant being logged. The absence of any Greater Canada Geese was somewhat of a relief whilst the numbers of Great Cormorant and Great crested Grebe were down by almost a third on last years October WeBS.

Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) - Elliot's Birding Dairies 
For once it was the West Float that stole the show, something that doesn't happen fairly often! Reasons being due to the discovery of a juvenile Ruff amongst a flock of 37 Northern Lapwing, with a supporting cast of six Grey Heron, one Raven and one Mediterranean Gull. Ruff was the second first for the docks to be found today and given that were currently witnessing an explosion year for the species (100+ documented at Frodsham!), it was surely a matter of time before one would be discovered.

Observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson 

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