On Thursday, I heard a cuckoo calling, over on Hoe Rough. The sound was carrying a long way, and by the time I got over there with Ollie, it was really loud. I couldn’t see the bird though, they are famously elusive.
As well as providing the sound familiar in Cuckoo clocks, these birds also get other birds to rear their chicks. They lay eggs in the nests of smaller birds, and then abandon them. This leaves the unfortunate hosts rearing the large chicks, mistakenly believing them to be their own offspring.
Country folklore asserts that Spring has not arrived until you hear your first cuckoo. There are lots of examples of this online. This one is from a birdwatching website.
Heard a Cuckoo?
This iconic sound means that spring has truly arrived!
This year, I think the cuckoo might have been calling a bit too early. It is only 6 C this morning, with a cold drizzle.
Perhaps those cuckoos should go back to sleep for a couple of weeks?