On average, only 10 dotterels
at a time live on the beach, according to local experts.
There are around 1500 New Zealand dotterels
, in lots of little local
The bird-watchers among you will know that a dotterel
is a member of the plover family, which has the daft habit of welcoming the advances of predators.
The ptarmigan and the dotterel
are only just hanging on in Britain and if conditions get warmer, we could lose them.
Two smart Dotterels
were on the Great Orme from Saturday into Sunday.
Other migrants on the move at the weekend were ring ouzels at South Stack, Bardsey and the Great Orme, where an impressive "trip" of dotterels
were seen on Monday.
Reports of accidental egg removal have also been reported for Black Stilts (Himantopus novaezelandiae), Black-fronted Terns (Sterna albostriata), and Double-banded Dotterels
(Charadrius bicinctus) (Sanders and Maloney 2002), all of which nest in marine habitats.
Other water birds also use the wetland, including Latham's Snipe, Dotterels
, Blackwinged Stilts, Spoonbills, Crakes, Native Hens and migratory shore birds.
Late news from Cadair Idris, where a hillwalker spotted two Dotterels
near the summit.
were on Anglesey's The Range and Llandudno's Great Orme last week, with two at Cemlyn Bay, where two Mediterranean gulls, merlin and whinchat were also seen.
Breeding and social patterns of Banded Dotterels
(Charadrius bicinctus) at Cass River.
are one of my favourite waders, females more brightlycoloured than males, indicating they leave the males to incubate and rear the young once eggs are laid.