Serpentine Spectacular


Trio of unusual waders – Little Stint, Pectoral & Curlew Sandpiper, Cley NWT

Last Wednesday the recently rejuvenated Serpentine, Cley NWT, came into it’s own. On the Monday, our duty day, there was a rather obliging Wood Sandpiper, just off of the East Bank. By Wednesday the list of waders had grown to include Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper and a delightful female Red-necked Phalarope! All credit to Adam and the NWT team for the excellent habitat improvement and management work undertaken there in recent months. The only down side currently is that the birds are often rather distant – roll on the new hide! Tonight’s news is that there is a White-rumped Sandpiper in the same spot!

Wood Sandpiper, photo by Jane Williams

wood sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint


Pectoral Sandpiper


A distant grab shot of Red-necked Phalarope


and an even more distant White-rumped Sandpiper, taken this evening



List of waders seen personally on Serpentine/Arnolds over the last few weeks:

Oystercatcher, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Snipe, Red-necked Phalarope, White-rumped Sandpiper, Ruff & Pectoral Sandpiper.


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3 comments on “Serpentine Spectacular

  1. Barry Madden says:

    Hi Trevor, remember me? I helped with your induction to the many and varied delights of working at Cley last year. It’s frustrating that we don’t meet to have a chat although I do see Tom from time to time (his defection to the NT doesn’t help), BUT I can keep in touch with your birding etc via your blog which is great. I’ve started one of these ventures and with your permission will link yours to mine. If you want to have a look you’ll find it at Hope to see you soon.
    Barry Madden

    • TrevorOnTour says:

      Hi Barry, how are you? No problem linking to TrevorOnTour. See you at the grand opening of the SAC perhaps. Trevor

      • Barry Madden says:

        Hi Trevor I’m in perfect health thanks, well apart from aching ankles, knees, back, neck and ……everywhere really. Haven’t been invited to the grand opening which has suddenly made me think I really ought to be trying to pull a few strings. If I don’t see you there we really ought to arrange a bit of birding sometime soon. Keep well mate.

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