1 February 2012
Stone Curlew is one of my favorite birds in England.
I learned that its population once declined down to 150-160 pairs in England. But due to careful protection collaborating with farmers, the number started to increase and recently nearly 400 pairs were recorded. It is still rare and difficult to see but my birdwatcher friend kindly took me to the secret place in early autumn to see them!
I heard an interesting story about how they have protected the birds when some pairs nested in the farm, such as onion and sugar beet field. They replace or remove the eggs while farmers spray crops with pesticides or operate heavy machine in the field so that the actual eggs will not get affected! Adult birds do not seem to care and return to their nest for incubation afterward.
I wish I could join this kind of conservation project, research about it and write a story about it! This could be a nice nature story book for children.