Where are the cuckoos?
Has anyone heard a cuckoo yet this year?
According to the old rhyme:
The cuckoo comes in April
In May he sings all day
At the end of June he changes his tune
In July he flies away.
There is also the tradition that cuckoos arrive around the same time as the cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratensis, also known as Lady’s smock) comes into flower, and the last few years I have noticed both at the same time. But last week in Pembrokeshire I saw lots of cuckoo flowers, but no sound of a cuckoo, and now we’re home there’s still nothing even though I know there is suitable habitat nearby because I have heard cuckoos there every year. Has something happened to them I wonder? Recent tracking experiments have revealed the arduous journeys cuckoos, like many other migrants, have to make every year so there is plenty of scope for something to befall them on their way. Or perhaps things have just got out of synch this year. Has anyone else heard their local cuckoo?
Image Credit » copyright Fleur 2015