Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Curlew
Photograph © Debbie Bozkurt
Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
2nd February, 2008
"I love snow, I was up at 5.30am waiting for day light....The birds were so tame as they were hunting for food and the robins were nearly walking at my feet. I even creeped up to the wall of the castle grounds (falling down a hidden hole) and got a curlew in the snow.... I got as far as the middle bit of the harbour ... and thought ...I know where the Iceland Gull will prob. be and I haven't a picture this winter so walked around to the cargo ship and there it was very close at hand. Got home to find the birds devouring anything I had in the garden including a Bramling, a first for me and definitely a first in my garden. I even got a beautiful picture of a thrush displaying its colouring off majestically.!
Our Curlew photographs
Curlew records in the Western Isles
Uncommon resident breeder (10-99 breeding pairs), fairly common passage and winter visitor (occurs in small numbers)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)
On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Curlew is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
Other local bird photographs
Sources of information for the bird sightings section
Debbie's online photo album