This article, by a member of the Club, first appeared in ‘British Birds’ issue 39:2 (pages 57–8), in February 1946.
Bird and place names were spelt as shown. For their current status, please see our county lists.
Little Ringed Plover in Warwickshire.
On May 22nd, 1945, in a large, partially flooded sand and gravel quarry near Coventry, my attention was attracted to a bird I at first took to be a Ringed Plover (Charadrius h. hiaticula). On approaching to about 30 feet I was able to discern, in perfect light and with the aid of 8×30 mm. binoculars, the following points from which I concluded that the bird was definitely a Little Ringed Plover (Ch. dubius curonicus): legs flesh-coloured, appearing thinner and less conspicuous than those of a Ringed Plover; upper-parts light sandy brown, having a somewhat mottled appearance; bill black, appearing rather tapered and definitely lacking the conspicuous orange marking of a Ringed Plover; whole appearance less stocky than Ringed Plover, giving the appearance of a relatively longer tail.
After having had the bird under observation for nearly half an hour, during which it continued to run about feeding at the water's edge, I put it up. The absence of any wing-bar and the call-note, a clear almost monosyllabic, high-pitched “teeu”, thrice repeated, were most distinctly noted.
The particulars quoted I took on the spot before I had access to a text-book. A point mentioned in The Handbook  which I did not notice was the yellow orbital ring. I am quite familiar with the Ringed Plover.
A search of the quarry and also of an adjacent one revealed no evidence of breeding and the bird was not seen again.
R. W. M. Lee.
[The yellow orbital ring is not invariably conspicuous and if the bird was in its first summer, as the somewhat mottled appearance of the upper-parts suggests, it may well have been rather dull. The other particulars appear quite conclusive. — Eds.]
Reproduced by kind permission of British Birds .
Thanks to Dr. Malcolm Ogilvie for scanning the original, from his collection.
[1^]'The Handbook' refers to 'The Handbook of British Birds', by H. F. Witherby, editor, Rev. F. C. R. Jourdain, N. F. Ticehurst, and B. W. Tucker; London, H. F. & G. Witherby, 1938–1941.
Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.
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