[Tweeters] herd of curlews near Coulee City

heapbigdoc at netscape.net heapbigdoc at netscape.net
Mon Mar 24 13:36:43 PDT 2014

Hi Tweets -
There were 37 long-billed curlews in the alfalfa field in the SE corner of the US Hwy 2/ WA Hwy 155 intersection north of Coulee City, Grant County yesterday at 11:45. That's 7 more birds and eight days earlier than the flock I saw in the same spot about this time last year.

By the way, I think something needs to be done about the collective noun for these birds. The traditional "herd" lacks flavor and style. I did find "a salon of curlew" in one New Zealand reference, which is better. How about "a ridiculous" or "a schnoz"? Happy Spring!

-Roy A. Myers, Electric City, WA

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