Saturday, 19 March 2011

Ruff Enough, At Hayle

A good five hours out today with a walking encyclopedia on birds, the first stop was at Penzance to see the Rosy Starling , unfortunately no luck and we gave up within half an hour . Although the residents we met were friendly it was not the best place to bird watch. We then had news that a Waxwing was still at Treneere so it was onto Treneere, and we got some obscured views of it feeding on a Cotoneaster. How amazing is that, a Waxwing still in Cornwall at the end of March. We pessimistically went on to Kenneggy Cove hoping to see the Velvet Scoter, and after a few wrong turns we found the cove and the Velvet Scoter, what a bonus, another tick for the day. Decisions, decisions where next, we decided to go to Hayle Estuary and was I glad we did. We found six Ruff ( Philomachus pugnax) on the estuary, a species, I was yet to photograph in Cornwall. We also found a staggering Black Tailed Godwit in full summer plumage, a great day and a blog to follow with the Blackwit.


  1. Sounds like you had a grand tour of the 'old country' today Sam,cracking Ruff images never seen one myself.Also enjoyed your previous posts and images of the Greenland White fronted Goose and Whooper Swan.

  2. Love this series. You had a great outing again. Always enjoy your posts and wonderful photos.

  3. Great work Sam, I ventured down Kenneeggy and found well, nothing. I think the Godwits and Ruff have been at Hayle a couple of days.