West Country 2019 (12): Hayle Estuary

It’s over 25 years since I last birdwatched on the Hayle Estuary in West Cornwall. It has changed a lot in that time with development, but it remains one of the best spots in Cornwall. We started off at Carnshaw Pool, where Rock Pipit, Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwit and a passing Kingfisher were seen.

We then moved onto Lelant Saltings, where the Railway platform of the old St Ives Park and Ride station (now moved to St Erth) provides an excellent spot for observing this part of the estuary. Here we saw Ruff and Curlew plus a group of Teal and some Little Egrets.

Our final stop was at the RSPB hide at Ryans Field, where there was a large flock of Canada Geese, a small group of Ruff and a single Whimbrel. A small flock of Dunlin flew over the marsh nut did not settle.

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