said by Horatio of the character Osric, who is sent to propose the fatal duel with Laertes.
It's the strangest place to insert comic relief, right before it all falls down. The phrase refers to the fact that lapwings were said to be so eager to to hatch that the leaped out of the nest with the shell still adhering, therefore Osric, with his considerable posturing, is thought to be wet behind the ears.
The lapwing is so called for its trick of leading predators from its nest by dragging one wing along the ground as if it were injured. This blog is being given over to the birds for next while - please let me know if you are posting any birds, or if you see any, and I will link to them.
In the mean time, here are some birds observed recently:
a fiercely contemplative bird, on Random Shots
A gentler contemplation on A Room of One's Own