From to at The Braes of Glenlivet, Cairngorms National Park
Lapwing often arrive in Glenlivet in early February, but quickly leave again when they discover that winter still has many weeks to run. As the snows thaw in early April they disperse to nesting sites throughout the estate.
The hen lays a clutch of 3-4 beautifully camouflaged eggs in little more than a scrape. The first chicks hatch in early May and leave the nest within a few hours to forage for food. The adults remain present for the first few weeks to decoy and harrass potential threats to their young.
Most Lapwing have left for the coast by mid August.