Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Cuckoo is back!

The Cuckoo is back! Less than an hour ago we saw and heard the first cuckoo this year.

It's always so thrilling to have them back. They will be calling here for the next couple of months or so, as they prey on the local meadow pipits which will be laying and incubating eggs just now.

Cuckoo, you may be a predator but it's great to have you back. Both you and the swallows darting about the blue sky above River Cottage mean to us that the Summer stage is set for the official first day of summer on friday, May 1st, 'May Day'.

Have a great week.

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