The northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus – from the Latin for winnowing fan) is known by many names including lapwing, peewit, tuit and green plover. It used to be a common sight in our fields but in recent years it has become something or a rarity. It is known for its plaintive cry, its head crest feathers and characteristic lapping wing flight.
This group of lapwings, or a deceit of lapwings (the collective noun), was part of a much larger group of one hundred or more birds feeding in the winter corn fields on the eastern side of Norwich Road just outside the village.
These three would be suitable models to make porcelain peewits for hanging on a wall instead of the usual ducks.