27th February 2016

Ringed Plover– to round up the small waders we saw in the North East- the Ringed Plover. Present all year round on sandy and shingle coasts, the breeding numbers of these lovely birds are declining- they are now on the Red List. Ringed Plovers breed on shingle, and are therefore very vulnerable to disturbance. Like other Plovers, including the Lapwing, the adults appear injured and trail a wing, flying away from the nest or young to lure predators away. UK numbers are swelled in winter by overwintering birds from Europe. They often feed in mixed flocks- there is one in the flock here, among Dunlin, visible from its darker head and wing-bar. Conditions: A cool, still, dry spell. Temperature: Max 4- Min 1c.

One Ringed Plover among a flock of Dunlin.

One Ringed Plover among a flock of Dunlin.

Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

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