Late last night contractors were charging around the fields at the back of our house, mowing the grass for silage, I suppose. Lots of noise and bright lights; it was like the tractor tipping game on Disney's Cars. Anyway I nipped out this morning for my usual tinkle on the lawn and... NO CURLEW! It fills me with joy to hear that wonderful bubbling call, normally they are common when I'm out riding on the moors around Lancashire and we're privileged to have one in the fields at the back. You can hear it here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/c/curlew/index.asp I am worried that the mowing has driven my curlew away. Worse still, that the machinery might have crushed the nest and killed the young. Anybody else got a favourite bird?