Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)
Species

Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on April 28th 2015.
(1/800th sec at f11. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 15.5 - 18cm; WS: 32 - 35cm

A small plover with a distinctive black and white head pattern, similar to the Ringed Plover. It has a black beak, pale legs and a distinctive yellow eye-ring.

It can be found in most of England and southern Wales.

It breeds on bare, usually sandy or gravelly terrain near fresh water. These are often man-made sites such as reservoirs and gravel pits.

It is migratory, spending the winter in Africa. Birds arrive in March and leave again in late June and July.

Green status. There are between 1200 and 1300 breeding pairs in the UK.

Sightings

12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
19-Jun-2014 : nr Mirovo, Bulgaria
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion (2)