Tuesday, 11 April 2017

First Cuckoo Returns


The Cuckoo Flower is in blossom and so since yesterday, when the blooms first opened, I've been listening out for the first Cuckoo of the year. Their arrival from Africa is inextricably linked with the country name of Cardamine pratensis, which is the food plant of the Orange-tip butterfly and is capable of growing from a single basal leaf laid in soil and kept gently watered (as the ones above did).

I've been tracking Selborne, the New Forest BTO tagged Cuckoo, and he's been pootling about in Spain for most of the week, but yesterday he flew up into France so I was hopeful ours were also on their way. 

I woke up at 6 this morning dreaming that I'd heard the Cuckoo and then realised that I had heard the Cuckoo. There he was, cuckooing away in the distance. He hasn't sung again but more will come in the following days and usually I see them displaying over the trees here and hear the females bubbling once they've laid their eggs. Thank goodness they're back. Long may it continue, eh?

Hope all are well?

CT :o)

18 comments:

  1. Oh yes, we've just been talking about our cuckoo. The Thursley common cuckoo arrived two days ago but not our allotment cuckoo yet and sadly the one from the woods at the top of our field hasn't been heard for a couple of years. On Saturday my husband dug out my huge compost heap and spread it around and today I was weeding accompanied by a mistle thrush who was picking out the worms to feed to its young in one of the big oak trees. At home the robins are strutting and fighting and the blackbirds are doing an excellent job of pulling the moss out of my lawn. I will let you know when/if the cuckoo arrives.

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  2. I heard my first one on Sunday!
    Arilx

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  3. Hey CT,
    No cuckoo here, but they can be heard by the allotment about now. I love these different heralds of the year. Saw my first swallows at the weekend. And all sorts of nest gathering activity in the garden. The blackbirds like the fluff from the tumble dryer, and the dried out grass clippings!
    All well here. Ran seven miles today. Weather was hot. I struggled with it. But no niggles.
    Leanne xx

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  4. We have plenty of Cuckoo Flower in the paddock (nearly knee high most of it), but no Cuckoos yet. We used to hear them regularly in the woodland around the farm, but in the last 10 years or so haven't heard them at all.

    I am hoping that the Swallows arrive soon, especially the ones who live in our Stables. They are like part of the family.

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  5. None in my corner yet but the blackbirds nesting in my holly tree are singing their hearts out :). B x

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  6. The leader of my walk told us that she had heard the first cuckoo yesterday, it must be the time for it!! We didn't hear it on our walk today, too much talking happening!!

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  7. How lovely hearing a cuckoo.I haven't heard one yet!xxx

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  8. Not here yet either - or maybe it is but I can't hear it over the sound of the roofers and their radio! xx

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  9. Lovely. I think I've only ever heard a cuckoo once, very faintly. There are swallows around now over here, I always love to see them, so fast and agile. Great tits are still occasionally in and out of the nest box. Hopefully all is well in there. CJ xx

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  10. my husband has set his cell phone to cuckoo - which is disconcerting. Never seen or heard a live cuckoo.

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  11. How exciting hearing a cuckoo! I haven't heard one for 16 years now! Since living here in Oz! However when we lived opposite Thursley Common at Witley Park, we used to hear them regularly at this time of year! And in our garden at home in Hampshire growing up!
    Funny thing the cuckoo! ❤

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  12. When I was young I thought that the cuckoo was just a bird in a clock, not real at all. Then I heard one in southern Germany and found out they were real.

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  13. We heard our first one last week. X

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  14. A very strange bird...with absolutely no morals or mothering instincts but indeed a sound that would be greatly missed weren't to vanish. x

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  15. I haven't heard a cuckoo for so long!

    Cuckoo flower I always call lady's smock. Sounds posher!

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  16. Lady's smock - one of my most favourite spring flowers - no evidence here yet.

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  17. This is all very exciting.
    Plus you are tracking him this is just way too cool.
    I never know there was a flower and a bird

    cheers, parsnip

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