Monday 12 September 2016

Plover Appreciation Day is coming (16th September)

Plover Appreciation Day is approaching (16th Sept.).
Wader Quest will be at RSPB Titchwell Marsh on the day, come and say hello. One of the species we'll be looking out for is:

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Grey Plover in winter plumage. Photo: Elis Simpson
Other names: 
Black-bellied Plover (America) 
Silver Plover.

Conservation status: 
World: Least Concern
European: Least Concern 
UK: Amber

Population: decreasing
World: 692,000 birds
UK passage: 70,000 birds 
UK winter: 43,000 birds

UK Status:
Passage and winter visitor to UK estuaries and mudflats from its high arctic tundra breeding grounds. 

Identification features: 
Robust body 
Large head
Heavy bill
Only Pluvialis plover with rear toes
Black axilliaries in all plumages
Found singly or in loose groups May flock at high tide roosts Call a three syllable ‘peee-uu-ee

Something to appreciate:
The birds that remain in the UK are mostly males while those that migrate to west Africa are mainly females. 

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