6th February 2015

Lapwings (Peewits) gather in flocks on lowland farms and wetlands in winter. Many join our native birds, arriving from continental Europe for the winter months, though some of our own birds fly west, to Ireland, or South to Spain for winter. All year round Lapwing have beautiful petrol-colours in their wings but in winter the wing feathers are edged with buff, as can be seen in these photos of Lapwings digging for worms. Conditions: A bright day with a bitter wind. Temperature in Sheffield: Max 4, Min 3c, not accounting for the chill factor of the wind.

They really burrow for insects or worms.

They really burrow for insects or worms.

Lapwing in winter colours

Lapwing in winter colours

Lapwing showing buff wing-edges of winter plumage

Lapwing showing buff wing-edges of winter plumage

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