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Being a complete numpty as far as bird ID can any one help

Spotted yesterday, biggish bird black with white bands on the underside of the wings, crest on its head and I think white patch on its chest.

Single note call repeated 3 times

On a stubble field

 

@Dr Bob and anyone else who knows these sort of things. 

 

Thank you

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1 minute ago, billS said:

Perhaps a great spotted woodpecker - if the "crest" was an orange spot, but you would be familiar with them in your line of work I would have thought.

 

 

Nope definitely not, even I can ID a woodpecker,  in fact I can hear one now, it must be laughing at Mike's joke

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Poor old plovers. Remember watching great flocks of them whilst sitting on the roof of the first boat at Lapworth, Males all showing off by flying high then just tumbling towards the earth. Females pretending not to notice. Rare sight now.

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20 minutes ago, cheshire~rose said:

They are amazing birds to watch when they dip and dive in flight. We get them quite often at our mooring 

Used to see them in quantity during trips to the Peak District with my parents when I was a boy; I have read that their numbers have steeply declined. Is this so?

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28 minutes ago, Athy said:

Used to see them in quantity during trips to the Peak District with my parents when I was a boy; I have read that their numbers have steeply declined. Is this so?

Sadly they are on the "Red List" now with only 140K pairs breeding in the UK 

 

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/lapwing/

 

There is a rather nice sound file on that link which may take you back 

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1 minute ago, cheshire~rose said:

Sadly they are on the "Red List" now with only 140K pairs breeding in the UK 

 

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/lapwing/

 

There is a rather nice sound file on that link which may take you back 

So I saw a red data list bird, shame I only saw the one

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9 minutes ago, tree monkey said:

So I saw a red data list bird, shame I only saw the one

There may well have been more nearby, they are quite hard to spot in some fields as they are surprisingly well camouflaged for such a big monotone bird. I will often hear them long before I see them and can spend ages looking at an area where they might be a dozen or so before my eyes tune in or one flies up. 

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One of THE "moments" of our trip up to Ripon two years ago was when a quite large flock of them flew up in unison and "danced" over the boat for a few moments. We were on The River Aire at the time. Magical 

 

I happened to have my camera in my hand :) 

 

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22 minutes ago, cheshire~rose said:

Sadly they are on the "Red List" now with only 140K pairs breeding in the UK 

 

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/lapwing/

 

There is a rather nice sound file on that link which may take you back 

It sure does!

I am slightly surprised that the article gives its name as a lapwing and its nickname as a peewit. I remember Dad insisting that its official name was a Green Plover.

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