Friday, 11 April 2014

The First Cuckoo Arrives

The First Cuckoos Of 2014 arrived here this morning, and I like to mark the occasion for posterity, so here is a short video for you all to enjoy.



I'll leave you with some snaps taken around home over the last couple of days. More gardening lined up for today as yesterday I was busy with patients all day so had no time. F and J arrive for the holidays this evening and M has a week off next week too, so my and L's peaceful week is very nearly drawing to a close. It has been a treat.

Blackbird's Egg

Bugle

Daisies

Dandelion

Honesty

Hostas

Ladybird

Nuthatch

Pale Pink Primroses

Tangerine Geum

Tangerine Geum

Ted and Pops in the sun

Wasp collecting wood for his nest
I'll leave with a pic of Ted, who was supposed to be Guarding The Front Door, but the warm sunshine got to him.....


Have a good weekend all,

CT :-)

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recording of the cuckoo, it took me right back to 50 odd years ago when I lived at home. We backed on to a very large cemetary and parts of it were quite wild, perfect for wildlife. The cuckoo was prevalent here and I loved the soft sound of it. Its been many years since I've heard that sound, they don't seem to come to the parks around here or on the railway embankments close by so thanks.
    By the way, thanks for the comment on the Briony 2, lol
    Briony
    xx

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    1. We get so many here that a few years back I was guilty of becoming annoyed by their constant 'cuckooing'. However, having realised that their numbers are low and that so many folk don't hear a cuckoo from one year to the next, I have revised my former grumpy position and am now thankful to have them :-)

      Briony 2 did make me laugh- I know exactly what you mean about the unpleasantness of being confronted with your dimensions from an unflattering angle!

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  2. Your Ted does the same as my Jack when guarding the door. ha,ha Cute photo. Lovely flowers n birds - we still have snow, although spring has officially arrived. I found pussy willows the other day walking by the river. I also had a most delightful walk yesterday, It was a beautiful day with brisk spring wind blowing and the birds were calling on the wind something fierce. Aah, I love the sound of hungry birds in the spring. They are emptying the feeders fast :) Our Geese arrived back from wintering out at the pond yesterday and they looked lean and hungry - approx 48 at last count. They are settling in for summer - I think they are happy to be home at the pond and medium brook they have taken seasonal residence in. Have a wonderful day Oma :)

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    1. He can't resist a snooze in the sun...

      Interesting to hear how Spring is proceeding with you. We had no snow here this year and the winter's been wet and mild. Plants and insects are well on the way. How great to have your geese back and in such good numbers too. I'll look forward to your next blog post :-)

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  3. A cuckoo - that is such good news ( unless you are a reed warbler....)!

    I saw my first swallow on Wednesday. Our muck heaps are a Little Chef for the migrants as they reach land again after flying north across the Channel.

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    1. I know they've had swallows in Yorkshire already but I've yet to see them here, so it's good to know they aren't far away.

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  4. No sign of our cuckoos yet so I'm so pleased you have them. A couple of your photos seem to have got corrupted so I couldn't see them....the Nuthatch was one and Tangerine Geum the other. Don't know if it's just me! xx

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    1. Only a matter of time before you hear the cuckoos now I expect Em :-)

      Not sure what's happened with the pics- they seem OK here x

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  5. Lovely photos... Great one of Ted, supposedly guarding the door.. bless him :o)

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    1. That's his favourite snooze spot- sunshiney and sheltered from breezes. If we can't find him during the summer months that is invariably where he'll be! :-)

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  6. Hope that you have a wonderful weekend! Your photos are amazing, especially that one of the wasp. xx

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    1. Thanks my dear. Have a great weekend too :-)

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  7. Great to hear that Cuckoos are back in England again and hopefully they'll be up here soon :-) However they have become quite scarce locally in recent years :-(

    Lovely pics as always :-)

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    1. It's always lovely to hear the first one- a real sign of the seasons moving towards summer I always think. We are so lucky we have so many here- I know there are plenty of places where they're absent these days.

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  8. Great news that cuckoo's are arriving :) Interesting to see your flowering geum - ours here don't flower till the summer! Have a lovely weekend :)

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    1. We've another geum who flowers later. The tangerine one is going great guns this year. I've just got a silene this morning which the bees are loving. I saw my first wild one of the year flowering in the woods yesterday. Have a lovely weekend too :-)

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