Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Species
Curlew Numenius arquata. Taken at Titchwell, Norfolk, on October 24th 2015.
Taken at Titchwell, Norfolk, on October 24th 2015.
(1/800th sec at f8. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 48 - 57 cm; WS: 89 - 106 cm

The largest European wader, with a distinctive very long, evenly decurved bill. It has no outstanding plumage feature.

It breeds in northern and eastern Europe, and in hilly or mountainous areas elsewhere.

Breeding habitat is taiga bogs, arable fields along rivers, wet meadows, moorland, etc.

It is a passage migrant in April and June - September. Usually found on the coast in winter.

Red status. Around 68000 pairs breed in the UK, and 150000 birds spend the winter here.

Sightings

29-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
24-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
23-Mar-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
05-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (19)

28-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (6)
27-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (20+)
26-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (25+)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (100+)

12-Oct-2017 : Morston Salt Marsh, Norfolk (3)
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (7)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (6)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
15-Apr-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)

14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (4)
23-Oct-2015 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (1)
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk (1)