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in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: The Call of the Curlew
« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2020, 04:35:16 pm »
Interesting thought Oor Wullie ....... We are on the edge of a huge shoot here. So many pheasants ...... you wouldn't believe it!


I wonder if they do 'compete'???????
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oor wullie

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Strathnairn
Re: The Call of the Curlew
« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2020, 09:40:29 am »
When we arrived here (9 years ago) black grouse lekked in our field.  Cock pheasants would crowd around the black cock (often 20 to 1) and not let him do his stuff and so I suspect they struggled to mate and died off as no new generations were produced.

The pheasants must strip all the food resources too (otherwise why would the local estate have to put out tons (literally) of pheasant food).

Absolutely no doubt that they have a huge impact on certain wildlife that they directly compete with however, curlews are waders and so utilise a different food resource from pheasants and so I guess that their impact on curlews is not so significant.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: The Call of the Curlew
« Reply #32 on: May 27, 2020, 12:36:05 pm »
I am really enjoying finding out more about curlew.  I watch the curlew cam for a while each day.  I observed the female calling quietly from the nest and after a while there was a reply, she flew straight from the nest and a couple of minutes later the male arrived through the grass to brood.  Once settled on the nest he gave a couple of calls too, presumably to let his mate know all was well.  Yesterday a human hand and arm suddenly appeared at the (then empty) nest, plucking out some blades of grass and squashing down the foliage to give the camera the best view.  I had previously wondered how the troublesome and rapidly growing docken had magically vanished.  I hope that by visiting the nest in this way, people are not showing predators the way to the nest.
Did you ever get a reply @in the hills about when the chicks are due to hatch?
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in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: This year's swallows
« Reply #33 on: May 27, 2020, 01:57:03 pm »
Fleecewife, sorry, you must have missed my reply to you. I don't know how you tag someone into the posts on here so you wouldn't have received a notification.
But yes,  CurlewCountry did reply,  and they think that the eggs are due to hatch during the first week of June. Not too long now!


We have read that there is some doubt about the success associated with using electric fencing around nests because although it helps to protect against mammalian predators it has the opposite effect where corvids are concerned as they are attracted to the new fencing.


The curlew population of Wales has apparently fallen by 80% in the last decade or so. Shocking!


We heard and spotted another Curlew last night. In a different area to our other pair.


Glad you're enjoying finding out about them too, FW. Let us know what you discover!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: The Call of the Curlew
« Reply #34 on: Today at 12:12:56 am »
To tag someone, click @ followed by their name (no gap).  A drop box appears so you can choose the person and it appears as brown and underlined in the text, then the person gets a notification.


80% lost in just ten years - that is horrifying, but I can believe it after our experiences here.  My heart is in my mouth for the pair on the curlewcam, especially at night. I fear a close-up view of a fox or badger, then a totally empty nest.  Two years ago on the osprey cam at Loch Arkaig, we watched in horror as a pine marten appeared in the nest one night, scared off the female osprey, then one after the other made off with the three half incubated eggs. So that was a failed breeding season for them. (they have since bred successfully and the tree is now protected against pine martens )       
It's great that you have now heard and seen a second curlew calling.


I shall be watching the nest cam avidly next week.
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Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: The Call of the Curlew
« Reply #35 on: Today at 01:29:31 pm »
Just had a look, poor thing looks to be struggling with the heat  :(

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: The Call of the Curlew
« Reply #36 on: Today at 02:36:43 pm »
@Penninehillbilly and @Penninehillbilly ....... Yes, she seems rather hot under the collar. If you have a look on the CurlewCountry website and go to their blog they've added a post about this very subject.


Thank you, Fleecewife. I've followed your instructions. Hope that it's worked! I have no patience with computer stuff!

 

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