his afternoon I heard the first Curlews of the year near the barn. It made me smile as it is another sign that it is warming-up for spring as they travel from the coast - where they live during the winter months - inland for the spring and summer. On going out this evening I saw a flock of eight Curlews at Withens Clough Reservoir, with their distinctive long, curving bills. They are beautiful birds. For those who don't know what they sound like, click here and have a listen.
On our moorland walk at the weekend we saw four Lapwings, with their amazing call. I always think that they sound like they could have been used in a 1950's sci-fi movie! Here's a link to a lapwing call. We saw them while we were descending from Wolf Stones, just above Oakworth.