At about 5:30am the lapwings seem to be most noticeable. They are wonderfully beautiful birds – iridescent green on their upper wings, white below; a “fascinator” on top of their heads.
This time of year the male spends a lot of time showing off its aerobatic skills, sometimes alone, but also with other males. And while they fly they make the most amazing song. As with a number of other animals, their common name sounds (sort-of) like the calls they make; that name is, “Peewit”, which really serves as a poor substitute for hearing the actual call.
Elmley is a private National Nature Reserve in Kent. It has a large and growing population of Lapwings. I saw and heard many while there last week. Other birds on the recording include redshank, pheasant, and more.