Is this large Curlew flock size nor­mal?

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I be­lieve most birds in this im­age taken at Arne RSPB re­cently are Curlews – how of­ten do we see so many in one flock? Robin Sum­sion

QThey are in­deed mainly Curlews. While Curlews breed at low den­sity on mead­ows and grass­land (usu­ally in up­land ar­eas), large flocks are quite of­ten seen in

Awin­ter at coastal sites such as this, although for the most part the birds dis­perse into smaller groups to feed along the shore or tidal in­lets, and then gather again to roost each night. Wash­ing­ton WWT was re­port­ing a flock of sev­eral hundred last week, for ex­am­ple, and on a re­cent visit to north Nor­folk there were flocks of 100-plus Curlews on the coast at Holkham and Cley.

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