In the countryside the arrival and departure of certain animals and birds, signals the changing of the seasons. For me the arrival of Golden Plover is always a sign of impeding Winter.
Last Saturday while out walking,on the farm at Harrowden, I heard the familiar liquid notes of “too-ee” and looking up, saw a flock of Golden Plover, high overhead. These Winter visitors always come back to the same fields on the farm. They are then a common sight till March time either on the wing or resting on the ground facing into the wind.
Golden Plover are a distinctive shape in the air, with swept back wings, flying fast with precision. They have a very varied diet of worms, insects, snails and berries.