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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:43 pm    Post subject: The Cuckoo has arrived! Reply with quote

I heard my first cuckoo last Saturday the 18th of April in Co. Mayo.

Glorious afternoon and it felt like Summer. It was going crazy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject: Is it a bird. Is it a plane or a corncrake? Reply with quote

Good on you Sundew. Our 'resident' South Ockendon cuckoo has not arrived yet and now I'm worried! He has always been an early cuckoo. I wonder did he take a left turn at Brest instead of a right? Did you notice by any chance if your lad has an Essex accent? For people looking to hear Cuckoos in the Dublin area, head for Kildare Street when the Dáil is in session.

We all learned this in National School in the 40s:
The cuckoo comes in April
He sings his song in May
In June he changes tune
And in July he flies away

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No cuckoo here yet. Sad I consider the day I hear the first cuckoo as one of the greatest days of the year! It seems to say "Here we are - we've survived another winter!" I'm all ears!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard it first ten days ago here in the West, and my husband heard it again on Saturday. Happy days!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walltoall:

My Granny always used to recite a very similar poem to me:

"The cuckoo comes in April,
He sings his song in May,
He whistles a tune at the end of June
and then he flies away" Very Happy

Heroutdoors: Yes I believe the cuckoo has been down West for a while as I was out walking with my cousins 2 little boys (both under 10) and when I told them ,with great excitement,itw as the cuckoo, they just shrugged their shoulders and said yeah we heard him before Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cuckoo arrived yesterdat evening - began calling just before nightfall. Smile 2 days later than last year. One of my neighbours told me last week he'd been hearing the cuckoo for the last two weeks. While we were talking he said: "Listen! There he is again!" It was a Collared Dove. I think a lot of people make the same mistake nowadays. Years ago, there were no Collared Doves, now they're everywhere.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange you should say that about the collared dove, we always had loads of them here, it's another bird that's vanished this year, completely absent! I'm beginning to wonder what's happening to the birds here, there isn't any major farming, it's all made up of small cattle and sheep farms, no crops. habitat seems OK. Sparrow hawks are still around along with the peregrine that nests near by, but they can't account for what's missing.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the status of the cat population?
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cuckoo has been here for over a week. I've heard him all day today- must be the good weather
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sean Ph'lib wrote:
What's the status of the cat population?

Cat population has dropped by one. One cat was killed on the road and never replaced by the owners.
On a good note, my spotted fly-catchers are back, I was watching them hawk from the top of a bush about 1/2 hour ago. Which also drew my attention to a pair of Bullies going into a dense Elderberry (Sambuccus nigra) bush that I've been coppicing, they were carrying nest-lining material and are about 100 yds from my apple trees Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd give my eye teeth for a pair of flycatchers, but you're welcome to the bullies! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard a cuckoo today down in the local wood.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we heard a fair few of them in connemara over the easter weekend.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: The Cuckoo has arrived! Reply with quote

Sundew wrote:
I heard my first cuckoo last Saturday the 18th of April in Co. Mayo.


Snap. It really cheered me up as it was pouring hard at the time
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sound of the cuckoo to me heralds the beginning of Summer. I heard one last Thursday and I immediately stopped, closed my eyes and let the Summer wash over me.
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