Lapwings and cormorants

The Field Guide to Monitoring Nests (BTO guide) cites the full time range for dependent Lapwing young as start of April to end of August, with majority between mid April and end July (very first eggs are usually laid this week or slightly earlier), so they're very early indeed! There was mild weather several weeks ago and several juvenile birds have been reported from across the country including Moorhen in January and Robin in February!

RE: the cormorant, discussion of characteristics for identification of P. c. sinensis are coincidentally also being discussed on this Birdforum thread right now http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=301209 . Mainly 'gular patch angle'. White heads are not a common feature on P. c. carbo but are not massively rare either it would seem.

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 1:27 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding