From to at The Braes of Glenlivet, Cairngorms National Park
Curlew arrive in Glenlivet in March, but frequently have to cope with snow before spring puts in an appearance. Being equipped with a long beak can be a big help under these circumstances.
By late April the adults pair off. The hen chooses a well hidden spot in the rushes, and lays 3-4 pointed green eggs. The first chicks hatch in late May and leave the nest within a few hours to forage for food. The adults remain present for the first few weeks to decoy and harrass potential threats to their young.
Most Curlew have left for the coast by mid August.