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    Watching spring watch last night and there was a thing on about the lack of curlews, and i'm sure they said that there is only a hundred or so pair left in the uk (can anyone confirm this is what was said).

    The interesting thing was that yesterday morning i had a pick up at Leeds airport, and while parked up in a layby just down the road while waiting for flight i was watching a few pairs of these birds, i've also seen quite a few while walking, so did i mis hear the numbers on spring watch or are most of these birds here in Yorkshire.

    Comments plz.

    PS there were quite a lot of lapwings there to.

    Just love the noises these 2 birds make.

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    you're lucky to see them - big decline here in Wales. Am told part of the problem is predation by crows and magpies of which there are too many. Bit like the cormorants - an imbalance in numbers and food supply causes problems elsewhere !
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    Saw a Pair at Farmoor reservoir in Oxfordshire the other week and quite a few on the banks of the river Thurso last week.

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    Could also have been whimbrel, they look like curlew but are passing through on way to more northerly grounds. We see a lot of them around here and I always mistake for curlew!

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    Numbers are really low but not 100 pairs. Maybe just the presenter getting words mixed up.

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    I think it was 400 pairs, even so that is a low figure.
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    Plenty of Curlews here in the Forest of Bowland. sat in my den at home window open and Curlews are in flying around in the fields with that distinctive call "a warble"
    Walking the dog at 6.30 this morning they were flying all around the lane. So plenty of them here they come to nest then move off.

    I always think spring is here when i hear my first Curlew usually end of February

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbly face View Post
    I think it was 400 pairs, even so that is a low figure.
    Ahh so i did mis hear, as you say though still very low number indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockslider View Post
    Could also have been whimbrel, they look like curlew but are passing through on way to more northerly grounds. We see a lot of them around here and I always mistake for curlew!

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    Definitely curlews, unless these whimbrel things make the same sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgp View Post
    you're lucky to see them - big decline here in Wales. Am told part of the problem is predation by crows and magpies of which there are too many. Bit like the cormorants - an imbalance in numbers and food supply causes problems elsewhere !
    They were saying on spring watch a lot of it is down to farmers harvesting the hay more nowadays, 3 cuts a year.

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    Curlew calls were the backdrop to trout fishing in the Spring in my youth in Monmouthshire, even up here in North Wales they were a familiar sound in the Vale of Clwyd, but sadly I've not heard one for several years now!

    It's odd how Springwatch forgot to mention predation by corvids, but of course that would have been embarrassing for Packham! They also completely overlooked predation on salmon smolts by goosanders!
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    Quote Originally Posted by black and silver View Post



    They were saying on spring watch a lot of it is down to farmers harvesting the hay more nowadays, 3 cuts a year.
    Silage rather than hay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewinbasher View Post
    Curlew calls were the backdrop to trout fishing in the Spring in my youth in Monmouthshire, even up here in North Wales they were a familiar sound in the Vale of Clwyd, but sadly I've not heard one for several years now!

    It's odd how Springwatch forgot to mention predation by corvids, but of course that would have been embarrassing for Packham! They also completely overlooked predation on salmon smolts by goosanders!
    Or their nests by pine martens, and how are they supposed to get capper back without some sort of predator control.
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