Little Egret

My favourite walk along George V Memorial Walk in Hayle is not only interesting for the number of plants which grow there, but also the birdlife, especially in winter when migrants arrive to feast from the muddy tidal pools.

The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and first bred in Dorset in 1996. With a white body and attractive fluffy snowy plumes on its crest and back, black legs and bill and yellow feet the little egret is relatively easy to identify.   Generally they are solitary and silent birds, however they do make harsh alarm calls if disturbed at their roost sites.  They are small white herons and smaller than a grey heron.

They are most common along the south and east coasts of England and in Wales. The estuaries of Devon and Cornwall, Poole Harbour and Chichester Harbour hold some of the largest concentrations and they are also common in East Anglia.


  1. Trees have been knocked over for 300 meters on the perimeter. Very little complaint even from avid tree lovers, once life and property are threatened. Joe found his fire front today – a pussy cat, no longer a tiger. Firies were there containing it. But let’s think about egrets!

  2. My tees have been trimmed and will be topped – not removed. The tree man was coming before NY, but he lost his house, out towards Nerrigundah. I’m not nagging.

  3. BeckyB says:

    They are such a lovely bird aren’t they . . . so glad that the RSPB was formed to stop them being killed for their feathers

    1. Heyjude says:

      If only we could do the same for rhinos!

      1. BeckyB says:

        I agree!!

        The solution at the moment of cutting the horns off before the poachers find them is not really a solution 😦 although I accept it does keep them alive.

        1. Heyjude says:

          They can actually harvest the horn as it will regrow like our nails, and the animals no longer need horns to protect themselves from predators. What we really need is to stop the demand from the Far East.

        2. BeckyB says:

          oh I didn’t realise that . . .and yes you are right the issue is demand as it is with so many environmental and climate change problems 😦

        3. restlessjo says:

          Rhinos don’t have feathers 🙂 🙂 🙂

        4. BeckyB says:

          Have you been on the wine this afternoon?!!!

        5. restlessjo says:

          Sadly not! Well, only one very small glass with lunch. Completely sober 🙂 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    Beautiful watery shots, Jude! I especially love the Header and that first one. (and I’m sorry about the rhinos 😦 )

    1. Heyjude says:

      No rhinos here I’m afraid.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Yes there are egrets on the Exe estuary and up to Topsham, lovely birds.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I imagine you must get a lot of birds over-wintering on the Exe.

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        Yes, there’s a hide at Topsham and another at Budleigh.

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