For the past 3 years my patch has been Birkenhead Docks, situated along the banks of the River Mersey on the Wirral peninsula’s east side; It’s a complex site made up of 5 docks that hold host to a variety of habitats ranging from large salt water bodies, to mud flats, scrub, wasteland, vegetated roofs, shallow fresh water pools with scrapes and small wooded districts.
The area hasn’t had a full time patcher that covers the entire dock complex since the 1970’s when it was deemed as toxic by the environmental agency. Having gone and complied a list for records for the site, to date Birkenhead Docks has 182 species to its name, 131 of which have been observed by myself including discovering several firsts for the site: Eurasian Spoonbill, Western Osprey, Yellow-browed Warbler, Hen Harrier, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Tern, Ruff and Ring Ouzel to name a few.
Patch list: 133
Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Greylag Goose, Greater Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Great Northern Diver, Manx Shearwater, Leach’s Storm Petrel, Great Cormorant, European Shag, Grey Heron, Eurasian Spoonbill, Little Grebe, Great crested Grebe, Hen Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Western Osprey, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Eurasian Oystercatcher, European Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Northern Lapwing, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, Red Phalarope, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Common Guillemot, Little Tern, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Roseate Tern , Arctic Tern, Black-legged Kittiwake, Black-headed Gull, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, European Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Iceland Gul, Glaucous Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Common Woodpigeon, Short-eared Owl, Common Swift, Common Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Kestrel, Merlin, Eurasian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Magpie, Eurasian Jay, Western Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Northern Raven, Goldcrest, Eurasian Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Skylark, European Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Northern House Martin, Long-tailed Tit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Common Grasshopper, Sedge Warbler, Eurasian Wren, Common Starling, Ring Ouzel, European Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, European Robin, Whinchat, Common Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Western Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Eurasian Rock Pipit, Brambling, Common Chaffinch, European Bullfinch, European Greenfinch, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Common Crossbill, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Siskin and Common Reed Bunting.