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I was planting my sweet peas this afternoon (before it rained) when I heard the call of a cuckoo.  Many of you may hear them often but I have not heard one for at least 15 years here.(between Edinburgh and Glasgow). Really thrilled to think they could be recovering but shame for the poor wee birds who have to bring up their nestlings.

It would be interesting to hear where they still arrive each year



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,743
    Oh lucky lucky you! I've not heard one for 4 years. image
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    I heard one 2 or 3 weeks ago. Just once or twice on one day, and not since

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DorsetUKDorsetUK Posts: 441

    Haven't heard them in West Dorset for a few years but East Dorset has many calling morning, noon and night.  Several years ago I had just arrived at a farm on the Dorset-Somerset border when a cuckoo, shouting loudly, flew past with an excited crowd of small birds in hot pursuit.  On another farm I was standing in an open barn talking to two other people when a bluetit flew between them and me, literally screaming!  I flung up my hands in surprise and a sparrow hawk did a u-turn back out of the barn.  Listening to the nightingales was a much more peaceful memory.  That was in the Gordano Valley between Portishead and Clevedon some 60 years ago.

  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    I'll send it back for a ransomimage.  Like you Nut (can I call you that?) only heard it a couple of times but at least we know they are in our areas - however far away they are.

    DorsetUK - shame you haven't heard any for a while.  I used to live in Somerset and visited your area many times and have many happy memories of cycle rides in country lanes and coming home to say I've seen  hare!


  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    I have heard  one on the Mendips  this year while out riding  but it is becoming rarer as their numbers plunge.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    We could hear one on GW last last in Monty's garden  (unless it was dubbed on!).

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    I do answer to Nut,  Lesley.

    It fitsimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    I've still got to watch GW but I can't believe the BBC would dub that!  I thought Monty would have mentioned it. There is too much sport on today so can't always get to the computer when I want.

    I will listen again tomorrow and let you know if the cuckoo is still around.

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