Early laying of kentish plover Charadrius alexandrinus along the seacoast of Senigallia (Central Italy)

Morganti N., Mencarelli M. , Morici F., Sebastianelli C.

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In Italy the kentish plover generally nests from April to May, with cases of egg laying also in March. In the breeding season 2011, during the survey of the nesting population of Senigallia (Marche) we observed a nest on 18th February. According to bibliographical and unpublished data, this seems to be the earliest date of egg laying in Italy and probably in Europe