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26th September 2018 – Hayle Estuary Cornwall

On a beautifully sunny and warm September day (as good as it gets) we visited the Hayle Estuary in Cornwall.

We walked from the station at Lelant along to the Old Quay Inn where we could see a plethora of gulls, waders (including oystercatchers, curlews, teal , wigeon and spotted redshank), Canada geese, a greylag goose, grey herons and little egrets. We were too far away to capture much in detail but it was wonderful to do some birding sitting on the decking of The Old Quay Inn having a refreshing drink.

DSCF0364-2Hayle Estuary

DSCF0189-2Greylag goose

DSCF0218-2Oystercatcher

DSCF0220-2Curlew

We then drove on a little to visit RSPB Ryan’s Field and then RSPB Camsew Pool where the highlight was a Sandwich tern and a rock pipit.

DSCF0516-2Sandwich tern

DSCF0446-2Rock pipit

DSCF0413-2Little egret

I am sure there were lots more but we needed the help of more experienced birders. However, the only other birders we saw were standing on the busy B3301 and that didn’t really appeal to us.

Click below for gallery of photos from today:

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