Trip reports

Plenty of waders at Cliffe Pools

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk
RSPB images

Thursday, 23 September 2021

The fine dry September weather continued for our Thursday trip to Cliffe, sunny in the morning but clouding over later. From a distance the pools looked quiet, but 'scopes revealed lots of roosting waders and ducks which we were able to get closer to as we went round, though you can never get too close at Cliffe. Small birds were in short supply, but waders were plentiful.

An early highlight was a distant view of a spoonbill, which we didn't manage to get close to. But it was encouraging to see black-tailed godwits and avocets in their hundreds, and large numbers of lapwings and redshanks too. The avocets, lifting off in response to some threat, provided a mesmerising black and white op art display. We counted a group of 75 great crested grebes, unusual to see so many. A satisfying day.

Here's the list:
Spoonbill, little egret, mute swan, Egyptian goose, greylag goose, pochard, shoveler, tufted duck, gadwall, teal, shelduck, coot, great crested grebe, little grebe, avocet, lapwing, redshank, ringed plover, dunlin, little stint, black-tailed godwit, greenshank, black-headed gull, great black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, cormorant, robin, blue tit, Cetti's warbler (h), starling, woodpigeon, house martin, long-tailed tit, goldfinch, kestrel, buzzard, carrion crow, magpie. 39 species.