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Vanellus vanellus

The lapwing, or peewit, is perhaps the most favoured of the Royal National City Park’s birds. While it was once common in Djurgårdens numerous wetlands, it has been absent for a long period. It has only returned in connection with the water restoration project of the last decades – and then with a vengeance. At least ten pairs have begun breeding at the same time on the newly restored and replenished lake of Lillsjön on Norra Djurgården, east of Stora Skuggan, making this the richest concentration of lapwings in Sweden. When the marsh of Isbladskärret received a facelift, the lapwing responded immediately and now there are three to four pairs nesting annually on a rather small ledge there. The lapwings are difficult to miss on Isbladskärret. At least one parent takes to the air at the slightest sign of danger and both crows and seagulls usually shy away from this tough bird. When things calm down, the lapwing males take the opportunity of impressing their mates with displays of their breakneck flying skills.


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