i've never seen a curlew, and as i look online it doesn't look like it's a likely sight around here. it's a striking bird!
No, it´s actually called the Eurasian curlew, I think, and it´s the biggest wading bird in the world, according to Wikipedia. (I suppose flamingos and such aren´t waders, then). It has a striking song, too, it is one of those spring signs we are always on the lookout for. If you go to this Norwegian page:http://fuglar.no/galleri/lyder.phpand click "Storspove" in the list, you´ll hear what it sounds like.
Ok, I managed to paste the link directly into the post - learn something new every day!
love that trill! there's a "long-billed curlew" that's native in north america, but it's only been identified in tennessee 5 times. something tells me my chances of ever spotting one are slim and none. lol.
Oh yeah, that´s definitely a cousin! Five sightings in Tennessee sounds like pretty slim chances, and I bet that´s by twitchers who are attentive to such animals - they are easy enough to miss; ours usually hang around fields, where they are almost invisible. Still, I have seen at least five this year, on drives to and from the hospital. This is the first time I´v seen one actually wading, and in our backyard too!