One Bird, Many Names

A few pairs of lapwing nest around the shore of Ibsley Water each year, although this year there seem to be fewer than in the past. One reason for this is possibly that nesting conditions in the Avon Valley are especially good this year with lots of pools and damp patches for chicks to feed being left by the winter’s floods. In the past lapwing was one of the most familiar of all birds, they are easy to see, easy to identify and would have been found right across the country, they also had eggs that were worth eating. As a result they got lots of local names, some of which have survived the coming of bird books and continue in use today, as well as many that are now lost from regular speech. Two of the pairs that are nesting are close to the Tern hide and it was the male of one of these that I managed to get some shots of yesterday morning.

lapwing

lapwing

green plover

green plover

peewit

peewit

flopwing

flopwing

horniwink

horniwink

 

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