DOTTEREL

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Dot­terels are fa­mous for be­ing fear­less (of man) moun­tain dwellers and for hav­ing the nor­mal sex­ual roles re­versed (in that the fe­males are the pret­tier ones and the duller males are the in­cu­ba­tors). In late April and May they ap­pear at tra­di­tional in­land sites on their north­ward pas­sage, in­clud­ing ar­eas in East Anglia and the Pen­nines. These in­clude large, flat, ploughed fields with a hint of pea or onion growth, as well as some tra­di­tional hill tops, such as Pen­dle Hill in the county of Lan­cashire.

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