Dig that crazy bill!
From Birdguides.com this afternoon:
Curlew sp, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk, 17/10/04. The controversial bird from autumn 2004 has been confirmed as a Eurasian Curlew by DNA analysis.Nuff said....!
Actually, although the wandering birders had felt all along that it was indeed a Eurasian Curlew it would have been nice if it hadn't have been, not just for the tick but for day we saw it on. Not only did we have a Yellow-browed Warbler and more Beardies than you shake a stick at on the long walk to the Curlew, but after seeing the bird and deciding it was rather uninteresting, we went and payed our respects to the Baird's Sand on the reserve.
We then moved our way along the broads dipping on Glossy Ibis and finishing the day after a quick pint in a nice pub on the north Norfolk coast, at Titchwell RSPB. It was a great way to finish the day with Roseate, Arctic, Common and Sandwich Tern all on the beach and Common Crane roosting on the Brackish Marsh! All rather brilliant..... and all because of some runt Eurasian Curlew!