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    Default Are your Curlews in yet?

    Heard my first call of the year today whilst fishing a bleak upland ressie, roughly 50 miles inland from west and east coasts. Just the one call but it didn't half warm me cockles. Have your's said hello yet?

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    Default Re: Are your Curlews in yet?

    No not yet just waiting its usually around the end of Feb we get them here. Oystercatchers have been around for a while though.
    Cannot wait for the Curlews to arrive it will feel that Spring is arriving. They nest in the fields around the house and sitting outside watching them fly around the fields lifts your spirits.

    AJ

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    Default Re: Are your Curlews in yet?

    I wish I could say yes but sadly it's been a few years since I've heard what I usually regard as the sound of Spring in Wales.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

    Oliver Kite
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    What a shame SB, yes the sound they make is unmistakeable cannot wait. It means grass cutting time has arrived

    AJ

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    Default Re: Are your Curlews in yet?

    Oystercatchers arrived 10 days ago.No curlews on their normal nesting field behind the fishery yet.but any day now.still thousands of Pinkfeet about.redwings and fieldfares still about in big numbers

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: Are your Curlews in yet?

    We don't get Oystercatchers. Maybe a wee bit too far for 'em. Lovely birds.

    SB - that's a sad post to read. I know they're in serious decline and there are various campaigns going on (e.g. http://www.bto.org/support-us/appeals/bto-curlew-appeal) so it was heartening to hear one today. Checked a local group's website just now and 5 were seen in the next valley this morning. All the same, its terrible to think they might not come one day. What a world we live in

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    Default Re: Are your Curlews in yet?

    Our regular nesting number is about 20pr. I just love the call.and even better when you get the mating flight and display.with the trilling call.I'll try and get a photo of them flighting in.

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: Are your Curlews in yet?

    Curlews last sunday, oystercatchers I didn't notice the day, but they are here!

    Dave

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    Default Re: Are your Curlews in yet?

    Jim

    Must agree the mating flight and display with the trilling call is special they nest in fields around the house something magic about them as they fly over the house.
    Sad to hear they are in decline did not know that

    AJ

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    Default Re: Are your Curlews in yet?

    I grew up in Monmouthshire and every day up the little river Troddi in the Easter holidays was illuminated by their constant trilling melodic calls. I moved to North Wales and was delighted to have them nesting in the fields behind my house in the Vale of Clwyd. They were also a constant companion on our little 2 acre pool up in the hills but I haven't seen or heard a curlew in the breeding season up here since about 2012.

    We don't get inland oystercatchers where I live although I did see some for the first time on the Welsh Dee last year but their calls are a constant backdrop to fishing on the Spey where I also saw a pair of quite unusual nesting goldeneye duck.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

    Oliver Kite
    “A Spring Day on the Usk”
    A Fisherman’s Diary

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