Masked Lapwings - midsummer declines

Subject: Masked Lapwings - midsummer declines
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 11:15:10 +1000
Over the last few weeks there have been quite a number of accounts
of various sized flocks of Masked Lapwings.

If large flocks are being reported, there must be a concurrent decline
in numbers from some areas and a survey I did a few years ago
did show this.

I did monthly counts at Archerfield airfield, Brisbane's second airfield,
located in the SW suburbs.  (Sunbird 29 (1999) 29-40).

Masked Lapwings were common there and bred each year
 but over three years of counts, numbers were at a minimum
for Jan, Feb March (mean around 5) increased to a maximum over
June July Aug (mean around 30) and then dropped to between 10-20
adults, with varying numbers of juveniles from Sept - Dec.

So it seems that at this locality, at least, Masked Lapwings do leave their
breeding grounds over midsummer, and these may account for some
of the flocks reported.



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