Children back to school
Spring holiday is over
The Cuckoo returns
This morning I heard a nearby cuckoo for the first time this year from my garden in the UK. It is amazing to think that many of these cuckoos have wintered in the Congo, having endured tempestuous weather in Europe, flights over the Sahara desert, and droughts in many places, since leaving the rainforests of Africa. They arrive in the UK between the end of March and mid-April. As everyone here knows, they lay their eggs in other birds’ nests and then abandon them to the care of the resident bird. Once hatched, they take over the nest, being so much bigger than their host. They especially like the nests of meadow pipits, dunnocks and reed warblers. This is a bit worrying for our local garden birds as we have a few Dunnocks as well as lots of Blue Tits, fat pigeons and some Robins.
The cuckoo is a dove-sized bird with blue grey upper parts, head and chest with dark barred white under parts. Because of their sleek body, long tail and pointed wings they can be confused with kestrels or sparrowhawks. The male and the female are similar and the young cuckoos are brown. Cuckoos are in decline so I suppose we have to protect them even though we don’t like their squatting habit!
They do of course herald in the spring and for that we are truly grateful
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This is beautiful… 🙂
Oh thank you x
Sent by Brenda Kimmins
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Thank you Brenda for the great info about a very sure sign of spring, the Cuckoo! I heard one for the first time this spring a couple of days ago. Always reminds me that I’m back home in England as I never heard one in California for almost 20 years! I used to be scared of them when I was little because I didn’t like the way they took over from the other birds… xx
A lovely springtime post! And thank you for all the info. Even though I am in the UK I didnt know all of this. Happy spring!
And to you x lovely to hear from you.
We dont have Cuckoo’s in Pennsylvania 😦 She looks lovely 🙂
Blessings of Quiet Peace and Renewal on this Beautiful Earth Day ~
Thank you and may the joys of the holiest of seasons be with you x
I wish spring holiday lasted forever.
Me too it’s beautiful here x