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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Curlew

Hebrides Bird Sightings : Curlew

Curlew

(Eurasian Curlew)

Numensis arquata

Gaelic: Guilbneach

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
Curlew
Curlew
Curlew
in snow
Curlew
flight

 

 

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.

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F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

Other local bird photographs

Sources of information for the bird sightings section

Debbie's online photo album


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