Sunday 27 December 2020

Sociable Plover at Bude marshes. 27th Dec 2020.


I caught up with the "Bude marshes" Sociable Plover or Sociable Lapwing this morning. 
Probably the same bird that was at Crows an Wra near Lands End a few weeks ago. 
Seems to know it's a rarity as loves to hang out in very difficult to photograph places!
However a super bird and well done to Mark Worden for finding it hiding in the north of the county.
Classed as "Critically endangered", this species breeds on open grassland in Russia and Kazakhstan.
These birds migrate south through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey, to key wintering sites in Israel, Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and north-west India. 
It is a very rare vagrant in western and northern Europe, where it is usually found, as this one, with northern lapwings.



Peter Crispin said...

Lovely photos Adrian. I managed to catch up with it today (29th).