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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Ringed Plover

Hebrides Bird Sightings : Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Photograph © Peter Zerfahs
Seal Bay - Barra- Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
21st December, 2006

"A group of ringed plovers camoflaged brilliantly amongst the shingles at seal bay. There were a few sanderlings there too."

 

Our Ringed Plover photographs

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Ringed plover
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Ringed plover chick
Ringed plover chick
Ringed plover
camoflaged

 

  • Ringed Plover
  • Charadrius hiaticula
  • UK: Migrant/Resident Breeder, Passage/Winter Visitor. AMBER LIST. 8400 pairs summer BTO & 34,500 indivuals winter RSPB
  • WI: Common resident or migrant breeder and winter visitor, fairly common passage visitor.
    The breeding populations of Ringed Plover in the Western Isles are of International importance.
  • Breeds: Northern Eurasia. Beaches (& machair) around coast & sometimes inland sand or gravel pits or other bare industrial areas. Nest is scrape in open areas with little or no plant growth. If potential predator approaches nest or young, the adult walks away from the nest, calling to draw the intruder and feigning a broken wing.
  • Winters: Many UK birds are resident. South of breeding range to South Africa, South Asia, Australia. Migration habitat estuaries.
  • Diet: Forages by sight on beaches, tidal flats, fields. Summer: Flies, other insects & spiders. Winter: marine worms, crustaceans, molluscs
  • Small (17-19.5cm length), dumpy, short-legged wader. Brownish-grey above, whitish below, one black neckband. Short orange bill with black tip. Orange legs. Head has brown cap, white forehead, black eye-mask. Flight shows broad white wing-stripe.
  • Typical lifespan 5yrs. Max recorded lifespan 19yrs 8mths
  • Listen to a Ringed Plover (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: Turnstone, Little ringed Plover (rare), Semipalmated Plover (very rare!)

 

Ringed Plover in the Western Isles

Common resident or migrant breeder and winter visitor, fairly common passage visitor.
The breeding populations of Ringed Plover in the Western Isles are of International importance.

Charadrius hiaticula tundae are the Greenland race (They are smaller and darker than Charadrius hiaticula), which breed in Siberia and the Arctic, we see them on migration in spring and autumn.
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the bird is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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