“Shall I call thee bird or just a wandering voice?”
Thus said William Wordsworth – a bird easier to hear than see. I have been lucky however over the past few days – I have seen three cuckoos – two males and a female. I wrote about the male and the female near the Willsworthy Ranges yesterday – see here.
Yesterday I went to Emsworthy Farm, the Devon Wildlife Trust reserve on Dartmoor near Saddle Tor. I have seen and heard cuckoos here before so I took my camera in the hope I might be able to photograph one. I was lucky! These are not the best photographs as a I failed to take a tripod but they give an impression of the bird.
I expect / hope that everyone knows and has heard the call of the male cuckoo – it is the clarion call of spring – listen here to Sir David Attenborough talk about it. Less well know is the call of the female – listen here for the ‘Tweet of the Day’ recording.
If you haven’t seen or heard a cuckoo yet, don’t worry the peak doesn’t happen until mid May
Here is the Birdtrack graph for cuckoo signings / calls.
Cuckoos are in trouble – they are a Red Listed Bird – see here for previous posts. Devon Birds and the Dartmoor National Park Authority are currently carrying out a cuckoo survey – you can enter your cuckoo sightings / calls here.