Saturday, 8 September 2012

Piping Plovers

I haven't had the time to go birding recently with work and other commitments filling my time. I did manage an hour in the garden today and enjoyed lifting the year's crop of onions in the sun. As I had finished brushing the soil from the last a piping 'clooee' call from above drew my eye to a Ringed Plover flying S strongly overhead. It veered toward Alnwickhill, but now the water treatment works is dry there was little hope it was going to pitch down there.  This is the 78th species on the garden list but only the fourth wader (Curlew, Snipe, Whimbrel and Ringed Plover) - Lapwing is long overdue!

The photographs here are not of that species, but of Piping Plovers photographed at Cape Cod earlier in the summer.

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