Trip reports

Visit to Cley Marshes

Visit to Cley Marshes
Arnold's Marsh, Cley (Photo: Peter Berrill)

Sunday, 18 September 2011

After a brief stop at Peterborough Services and not seeing any red kite on A605 we took the northern route from Kings Lynn to Cley. We passed all the major birdwatching sites, Snettisham, Titchwell, Burnham Overy, Holkham, Wells and Blakeney, some places a bit of a tight squeeze for Richard, today's driver.

The queue at the Visitor Centre didn't dampen our spirits and neither did the weather which unlike the forecast turned out to be warm and sunny.

En route to the hides almost the first birds spotted were a small flock of bearded tit skimming over the reeds 'pinging'. Pat's Pool had a pectoral sandpiper which immediately flew to Simmond's Scrape. Other waders from this hide included ringed plover, golden plover, lapwing, ruff, curlew sandpiper and greenshank.

Lunch was taken in the southern hide where little stint, black-tailed godwit, and common sandpiper were observed along with a bittern flying in from the sea.

Arnold's Marsh held avocet, spotted redshank, redshank, grey plover, little egret, cormorant and a flock of eleven sandwich tern.

From the top of shingle bank, sea-watching was rewarded by passing gannet, arctic skua, roseate tern, black tern and a distant common scoter.

A final total of eighty species was a worthy total for our small but enthusiastic band of birders. A red kite duly appeared near Thrapston on our way home, swooping low over the coach. A delightful day in all.

Peter and Lesley Berrill