Grey Plover – 1894

Squatarola helvetica

A winter visitor; not common; in Mr. Tracy’s experience, “only in severe weather are they seen on our shores, and are then very easily obtained, as they are by no means shy.”

We have found the Grey Plover to have a very different disposition in other parts of the kingdom where we have shot it, but never without a very careful stalk, as we always found it to be one of the very wildest birds, even more suspicious and difficult to approach than the Curlew itself.

Sir Hugh Owen has seen the Grey Plover at Goodwick, but is not able to include it in the list of birds that have fallen to his gun, a sufficient proof of its extreme wariness.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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