A 1st for me today at Titchfield Haven a Juvenile Ruff.

Back in January 2019 I saw a small flock of Ruff at Keyhaven Marshes near Lymington. (pictures below).

It is a migrant but in the UK some birds are present all year round. Many young birds from Scandinavia will visit the UK in late summer, they then migrate to Africa. It is listed under Schedule 1 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act. The RSPB list their numbers as

UK breeding:0-11 females UK wintering:820 birds

These birds plumage changes quite a lot and the males display a a colourful “Ruff” in the breeding season.

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