June 1, 2017
Horse Creek, WY
One of our Curlew Checking volunteers, Denise Hughes, named him Jasper after the beautiful natural element in the intermountain west!
Unlike most curlews, he doesn’t have a green leg flag because his leg was too skinny to fit the size flags we had! His 9-digit band number ends in the numbers “58”.
Female curlews typically lay a clutch of 3-4 eggs, but this Wyoming male’s over-achieving mate laid 5!
Incubation duty is shared by both parents- the females will incubate all throughout the day, and the males will sit with them all night. These eggs will be on the ground for 28-30 days, so they need round-the-clock-protection! Freshly-hatched chick number 1 waits for its four other siblings to hatch. Look closely for chick number 2’s bill sticking from the egg!