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?