Land to be drilled with peas is left ploughed over winter and provides an ideal habitat for lapwings to nest. They breed in scrapes on bare earth which are lined with a few bits of grass or leaves. This year pea drilling has been pushed back by the weather. We were scheduled for a late drilling time anyway but the weather break has given plenty of time for the lapwings to hatch their young. Once hatched they can run about nearly immediately.

On one of our fields there are at least three breeding pairs of lapwings and when anything approaches the fields the anxious parents can be seen circling and calling out. I have not yet seen one of them to pretend to have a broken wing yet to entice a possible predator away form their young. So far I have only seen one young bird but they are very difficult to spot as they have the perfect camoflage for our soil type and are nearly invisible. I have tried to photograph him but think I keep missing. He is lovely to watch as the ploughed field is very rough and he can climb up to the top of an upturned furrow then falls down the other side, bounces up and repeats the process.


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