July 10th   Leave a comment

I was cycling back from Caiplie this evening after ringing a brood of corn buntings – some nests are fledging now although most have not hatched any chicks yet – and I stopped to scan the harvested brassica field by the sea at Oldbarns. It looks a great field for late summer migrants or fledged yellow wagtails. Sure enough there was a flock of 28 lapwing and with them, I thought, 4 golden plover. A brightly coloured jogger went past and they took flight, and the 4 golden plover became 24. Even though most were in their summer finery still, they are amazingly camouflaged. The first golden plover back are another sign of the end of the summer approaching.

A golden plover just back from the Highlands or Scandinavia and still mostly in breeding plumage (John Anderson)

Posted July 10, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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