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.