Resting Curlew, Øygarden, April 2019 (and a male Teal)
Curlews taking a break from migration, Øygarden, Norway,
are a widespread breeder in Øygarden - the best area for
this species being the nature reserve at Tjeldstø. The
species is also a common passage migrant and there are usually several
birds that overwinter on the coast.
For people who live in Øygarden the song of the Curlew is the
sound of spring. This species is declining rapidly over much of its
range but seems to be just about holding its own on the heaths in
Øygarden - where the heather is burnt and/or grazed the Curlew
is still present. They feed in other areas during the breeding season
but the majority of nests are outside any cultivated areas.