Terror in the ‘burbs

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Jul 312011
Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles, or plover) nesting in my back lawn

Masked lapwing (Vanellis Miles, or plover) nesting in my back lawn. Photo by me, CC licensed. Click to embiggen.

A masked lapwing (plover) family has taken up residence in the back garden.

These birds are insanely protective of their nests. They doze but don’t sleep, so the slightest movement — day or night — provokes an ear-splitting shriek of alarm (MP3).

It’s also a shriek of warning. Approach too close and these fearless basket-cases will swoop and attack with claws, beak and spurs.

Winter pruning and planting will have to wait a few weeks.