The Curlews of August: Update on the ‘Tagged Seven’ of Montana

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Published on August 20th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

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Here’s an update on the whereabouts of the Long-billed Curlews that were tagged in Montana this past May, the 7 birds seemed to have temporarily settled down. We’ll see if they stay there or continue to move as fall draws nearer.

Of the 7 birds, 3 are now in the southern United States and 4 are in northern Mexico. Two U.S. birds are in Texas (1 in west Texas, the other in the panhandle, not too far from Amarillo) and one in New Mexico (southeast, east of Roswell).  The 4 Mexican birds are widely scattered, from 1 in northwestern Chihuahua in the west to 1 in northeastern Tamaulipas (just south of the Rio Grande) in the east. Interestingly, the other 2 birds are right about in between in the same area near the border of Durango, Chihuahua, and Coahuila.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just issued a Status Assessment and Conservation Plan for the curlew — a must read for all you curlew fans!  You can find it by clicking here.  In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates on the whereabouts of this fascinating species.

(Image: Long-billed curlews. Credit: mikebaird through a Creative Commons license.)

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Comments: The Curlews of August: Update on the ‘Tagged Seven’ of Montana

  •  Comment from Dave Kandz

    One of our Audubon Society members, Ron Smith, maintains a web site devoted to the birds of Pinellas County, FL. At the url I provided (http://pinellasbirds.com/contact.html) you can currently see some pictures of “our” Long-billed curlew that Ron has posted.

    If you are planning to visit Pinellas County FL, make sure you visit http://www.pinellasbirds.com first!

    Dave Kandz – St. Petersburg Audubon Society

  •  Comment from Dave Mehlman

    Dave: Thanks for that info. I would really like to know where the curlews in Florida originate, as I think would others on the trapping team. One Montana bird and some others from another project in Nebraska are in the Laguna Madre area of Texas and Mexico.

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