Flanders Moss NNR
I stopped the other day on the road running just east of Flanders to have a look across a flock of geese feeding there. If I can I always stop to scan groups to see if there are any unusual geese mixed in with the pinkies and also see if any of the geese have neck rings (never found one yet but still looking).
As I scanned across the field with my binoculars a quick, white flash caught my eye. And then a small movement. And then suddenly a troop of invisible birds pulled off their invisibility cloaks and all took a few steps away from the road. And there, as if by magic was a group of lapwings, scattered through the stubble of a winter field. If you don’t look you don’t see and finding this flock of beautiful birds was my reward for bothering to stop. Who would have thought that medium sized green, black and white bird with a tufted plume on its head could appear and disappear right in front of your eyes.
Scotlands realtively mild winter climate makes it a good place for lapwings to winter that have summered locally, or in Scandinavia or eastern Europe. These particular birds may well have moved off the Forth estuary because of the recent storms and were just seeing out the bad weather tucked up in a stubble field.
Wherever they are from, lapwings are a sight for sore eyes when found, with their metallic green plumage, jaunty tuft and synchronized movement. So it is always worth a double look, just incase the invisible birds are there.