Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  
Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Shochads

  1. #1

    Default Shochads

    Where are they??

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Caithness
    Posts
    701

    Default

    Modern farming methods, land drainage and so-called land improvement schemes have removed their best breeding and feeding areas, add a couple of severe Winters and their numbers are decimated to the lowest levels ever. Curlew, Snipe, Golden Plover etc, have all been effected in one way or another with the same man made problems.

    nirofo.

  3. #3

    Default

    We've been lucky enough to hear the curlew, but, must admit that there does seem to be a shortage of the beautiful "air dancing" by the shochad !!

    You're right nirofo, it's such ashame that man, by trying to improve "their" land, is having such a dreadful effect on our wildlife!
    Last edited by cherokee; 24-Apr-11 at 15:56.
    I'm the kind of woman whose feet hit the floor each morning, and the Devil says........... " Oh, Blast She's Up !! "

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Bower
    Posts
    989

    Default

    A Lapwing as far as I can make out. A Pee-Wit where I come from.

  5. #5

    Default

    Yes, davem,

    A shochad, peewit or lap-wing all the same beastie (or should that be "birdie") up here !! LOL
    I'm the kind of woman whose feet hit the floor each morning, and the Devil says........... " Oh, Blast She's Up !! "

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Land of pennies
    Posts
    1,886

    Exclamation

    Or the Green Plover to give it it's Sunday name!
    "Life is a sexually transmitted disease, with 100% fatality." R.D.Laing

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Thurso
    Posts
    2,614

    Default

    I know where 20 of them went. I was walking by the river last week and I met an elderly gentleman who was rubbing his belly and saying yum yum as I approached him. What are you so chirpy about I asked. I choost hed 20 shochad iggs before I left the hoose he volunteered. I told him he better no tell too many people cos its no the done thing anymore. When they stop eating coos they can tell me till stop eating shochads iggs he replied. Fair play says I and asked him if he had a tip for the Scottish Grand national.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    John O Groats
    Posts
    73

    Default

    Saw my first shochad of the year this morning from my kitchen window :-)

  9. #9
    donss Guest

    Default

    A few of them in the park behind my house: been watching them for days now; dancing, kamikaze ground dives, chasing the infiltrating crows etc....
    They put on a great show!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Caithness
    Posts
    5,424

    Default

    Have seen quite a few but mostly to the east of the county from Mey to Groats have been the best places.
    Many years ago my OH came home saying he had seen "Birds with horns on," after some head scratching I finally realised what he was referring to!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Caithness
    Posts
    5,424

    Default

    Plenty displaying out by Loch Calder today, was a joy to watch and to hear their calls of pe whit.......are they not called peesies up here?

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Watten
    Posts
    4,576

    Default

    Thought ly sthey were called peesies or peswits or peesweez phonetcically speaking...but nothing seams to save em!!

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Caithness
    Posts
    23

    Default

    Shochad is deinitely the uniquely Caithness dialect name for the Lapwing. Sadlt, they have decreased a lot over the last 30 years.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •