Trip Report: Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve

Weather: Dry and breezy morning, rain arriving lunchtime

An excellent day with a large list, including many “good” birds. 65 in all:

Mute Swan
Bewick’s Swan (10)
Greylag Goose
Shelduck
Wigeon
Mallard
Shoveler
Pintail
Teal
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Pheasant
Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Cormorant
Little Egret
Spoonbill
Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Buzzard

Moorhen
Coot
Avocet
Lapwing
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Redshank
Greenshank
Spotted Redshank
Sanderling
Dunlin
Curlew
Snipe
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Collared Dove
Woodpigeon
Ring-necked Parakeet
Skylark (H)

Meadow Pipit (H)
Pied Wagtail
Wren (H)
Dunnock (H)
Robin
Stonechat
Blackbird
Redwing
Song Thrush
Blackcap (H)
Cetti’s Warbler (H)
Long-tailed Tit
Bearded Tit (H)
Starling
Magpie
Jackdaw
Raven
Crow
Rook
Goldfinch
Linnet

Highlights: Spoonbill, Bewick’s swans and a colour-ringed greenshank (reported to The Greenshank Project which revealed it to have been ringed in 2006 at Kingsnorth Power Station and been a regular visitor to Cliffe through the autumn and winter every year since. BTO records suggest this may be a new record for the oldest recorded greenshank in the UK)