Lapwings

The Lapwings have been very visible over the past couple of days, wheeling, diving and dancing in the sky over the nearby field.

This is their courtship sky dance. I watched a pair for over half an hour climbing up in to the sky, twisting and turning, then falling back down to the ploughed field together. They then rose back up in to the sky calling their ‘Pee wit’ sound the whole time.

Every so often one of the pair would race off across the road and disappear out of sight. The remaining one would fly down and land on the bare earth until its partner flew back then it would rise up and join it.

At one stage a third Lapwing joined in for a while, but soon decided it wasn’t welcome and took off.

Last year we were lucky enough to have Lapwing chicks in the field and I spent ages watching the Lapwings defending their chicks from the swooping Gulls and Rooks.

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Lapwings are a Pigeon sized wader, weighing 200 -225 grams, which look black and white, but up close are many colours, including green, purple and orange. They have a black crest.

Lapwings feed on worms and insects, and nest in a small hollow in an open area, laying 3 to 4 eggs.

 

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
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