I haven’t heard the Long-billed Curlews (Numenius americanus) calling for several weeks here in northern Utah and I already miss hearing them. I photographed this calling male the second week of May out on a grassy flat on Antelope Island State Park.
Long-billed Curlews are generally silent away from the breeding grounds, I never heard one make a sound when I would see them in Florida during the nonbreeding season.
Long-billed Curlews are also known as “sicklebirds” and “candlestick birds”. Candlestick Point in San Francisco was named after them.
Last year at about this time I was still seeing Long-billed Curlews and their young on Antelope Island State Park but it had been a long, cold and wet spring so breeding may have been delayed. This year they either nested on time or perhaps a bit earlier which may be why I am not seeing their young right now.
Still, seeing them anytime of the year is a joy for me.