Saturday, 15 July 2017

15/07/17

After over a month away from the Docks it was all hands on deck today for a complete census of the site with even the unexpected visit to Bidston Moss NR with Luke Anderson. Starting the day off at the Morpeth & Egerton Docks all that was to be offered were the resident pair of Mute Swans, one Common Sandpiper, two Great Cormorant & a flock of eight Black-headed Gull, one Great Black-backed Gull, four Lesser Black-backed Gull & five European Herring Gull.  

The East Float was on fire today with the Common Tern colony producing a record count of 110c Common Terns (19 Juv) & a good candidate for Roseate Tern was in flight when the colony was disturbed. After discovering the colony only 3 years it's been fascinating to watch the colony (Cheshire's only tern colony!), unfold with year upon year more and more birds flocking to the docks to breed; In 2015 30c adults were counted, 2016 that number rocketed to 60c and today that record was utterly smashed with 110c birds tallied.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) - Elliot's Birding Diaries 
A supporting cast for the East Float consisted of one Great crested Grebe, 20 Greater Canada Geese, 17 Great Cormorant, two Great Black-backed Gull, seven Black-headed Gull, five Northern Lapwing, five Common Ringed Plover with an rather unexpected discovery being that of a singing male Common Whitethroat on the grounds of the clock tower.

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) - Elliot's Birding Diaries
Next up at the Gull Roost only a handful of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were around with two Great Black-backed Gull; The vast majority of todays roost was located along Wallasey Bridge Road that held host to 23 Black-headed Gull,112 European Herring Gull, 78 Lesser Black-backed Gull and with two Common Gull located amongst the roost.

Common Gull (Larus canus) - Elliot's Birding Diaries 
After dropping into Bidston Moss NR (See here), the pair of us headed over to Seacombe Ferry for a sea watch of the Mersey to see weather or not the Roseate Tern's that had been showing on and off at Seaforth NR had ventured down river to associate with the dock terns. Over the half an hour that was spent observing the Mersey that totals came tot eh following: two Great Black-backed Gull, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 32 European Herring Gull, 49 Black-headed Gull and the highlight was a Mediterranean Gull that came to bread for a matter of seconds before turning into a ghost.

Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) - Elliot's Birding Diaries 

Observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson

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