I don't know about the rest of you but our cuckoos have already started to "change their tune" which I thought, as per the song, didn't happen until June? I've heard several "cuck-cuck-coos" going on. Is it just me or do they sound very surprised indeed when that noise pops out of their beaks? It's very funny to listen to, but I'm not entirely sure of its purpose, so if any of you bird experts out there can tell me I'd love to know. I will keep the camera handy and try and get a recording of it. This is certainly earlier than previous years as they only turned up here a month ago.
Not my picture, sadly I've never had the camera with me on the very rare occasions they've flown overhead. This is a borrowed one. They are remarkable-looking birds and if you've never seen one in flight I always think they look like a cross between a pigeon and a hawk with a long straight tail!