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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 10:27 UK time, Monday, 8 February 2010

Luckily this is a nature blog so I don't have to mention the weekend's dismal rugby game...

Anyway, moving on...I had a lovely email from Judy Parker from across the border who'd googled 'cuckoo' and found our article.

She think she's just heard her first cuckoo of 2010 whilst walking her dog on a warm sunny day in Warwickshire on 5 Feb.

The following day was colder and there was no sign of the bird so perhaps the weather made a difference. Maybe this lone individual arrived early by mistake and was confused by the spring like weather?

I blogged about the decline of cuckoos last year and asked for your responses and sightings.

Reading back through the comments, it seems that most were heard from around April onwards.

So has anyone heard a cuckoo in Wales yet and if so - when and where?


An article about cuckoos on BBC Wales Nature

Listen to a cuckoo call on the RSPB website



  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Everyone,
    Today at 5.11 am...17th March 2010,i heard a cuckoo Twice !.It was still quite dark at the time but it was unmistakable.
    I live in South Shropshire,just South of Shrewsbury in an area named Bowbrook !Its a very peaceful,quiet area with fields around,so i heard it quite clearly !
    Just wanted to tell everyone ..heheheheh

  • Comment number 2.

    I don't know about the cuckoo but we had an unusual bird in our garden on Friday,a photograph confirmed it to be a male wheatear. I understand that this bird is a summer visitor and as it is shy does not normally venture into peoples gardens.


  • Comment number 3.

    I'm sitting in my study listening to the song of our 1st cuckoo. They return each year to the woodland near sewardstone marsh and we know its really the begining of summer! last year they were 2 days later on 11th April.


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