Bird Advent calendar – Day 9

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.

IMG_4247Lapwing over head

Lapwing chickLapwing over head 1

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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