Trip reports

Cliffe Pools - Free Walk With Nature (Leader Adrian Olsen)

Cliffe Pools - Free Walk With Nature (Leader Adrian Olsen)
Great-crested grebe and chick [Chris Gomersall]

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Ten members arrived plus four other keen birders for our walk around Cliffe pools. The rain the night before freshened up the morning air and made the walk easier after the prolonged heat wave. Starting from the car park view point, there were sightings of the usual birds - great crested grebe, loads of coots, little grebe, redshanks, lapwings and a cormorant.

As we walked along part of the Saxon Shore way to a view point tucked away up on a bank there must have been between 70 to 80 avocets and 40-odd black-tailed godwits, ten greenshanks, also a few oystercatchers, a dunlin, ruff and a couple of common sandpipers.

As we wandered up the Black Barn track we had sightings of buzzard and marsh harrier. Arriving at the first mound (Hope mound) view point (these viewpoints have been renamed after Dickens' characters but have never quite caught on), we had a brilliant fly pass of a cuckoo that circled round us for all to have a clear sighting. On the way back we had whitethroat, kestrel and sparrowhawk.

On our return we walked a short way up the Saxon Shore way to look in the far end of Radar pool where we had an exciting debate on a faraway grebe that turned out to be a black-necked. A Sandwich tern flew past with its harsh rhythmic 'kearik' call and common terns were to be found up the Conoco trail. By the end of the day 50 species were seen.

Adrian Olsen