Tuesday, 3 March 2009

3rd March Another sign of Spring

Today whilst sitting going through the emails I heard the first Curlew of the year flying over Foolow. According to The RSPB:
“The curlew is the largest European wading bird, instantly recognisable on winter estuaries or summer moors with its long down-curved bill, brown upperparts and long legs. There have been worrying breeding declines in many areas largely due to loss of habitat through agricultural intensification. It is included on the Amber List as a bird with important breeding and wintering populations in the UK.

Where to see them
Around the whole UK coastline with the largest concentrations of found at Morecambe Bay, the Solway Firth, the Wash, and the Dee, Severn, Humber and Thames estuaries. Greatest breeding numbers are found in N Wales, the Pennines, the southern uplands and E Highlands of Scotland and the Northern Isles.

When to see them
All year round. Look in breeding habitat from April to July. Coastal numbers build up from July and reach a peak in January and February.”