Lapwings weren’t a bird that was on my mind when I thought about doing a bird advent calendar but while out walking today a flock of lapwings flew over head. As they pass by the Lapwings look just black and white but when up close they have a dark green and purple plumage and a crest.
Lapwings eat invertebrates and can be found on farmland, in estuaries, lakes, marshes and reed beds.
The number of Lapwings has declined and they are now on the Red list.
Each year they nest on farmland on my local patch, spending a lot of time chasing off gulls and rooks. They scream through the air making a pee-wit sound which gives them their nick name, the Peewit.
I’ve also included a photo I took of a Lapwing chick back in June, when they had 4 chicks.