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Curlew

A bird connected with sailors, who, it is said, traditionally believe that if one was seen flying overhead whilst calling, then a storm was brewing. Anyone who hears it should not go to sea. Some believed that it was the call of a drowned friend providing a warning. A bird generally associated with negativity, it is specially considered bad luck to hear it calling at night. In Scotland the curlew was and still is by some called a ‘whaup’, and once believed to be associated with a long-beaked goblin. The goblin would come at night and take those who were evil-doers away, never to be seen again.