I was very worried the other day when I read on Jackie Morris's blog that there is a saying that if you don't hear a cuckoo in the summer then you will be dead before the year end.
This morning I heard the rooks cawing away high up in the tree.
And there was a blackbird with his bright orange beak singling sweetly in our apple tree.
But no cuckoos.
I have asked around and no-one here seems to have heard one. Perhaps our village is heading for a Midsommer Murders-type cull in the next few months!
Have any of you heard a cuckoo yet?
As I was walking the dogs around Thwaite Common yesterday there were two cuckooing as they were flying (is that possible?) behind the Walpole Barns. And the day before I heard them at the other end of the Common.
May 15, 2010 at 08:15 PM
No, but take heart, you have heard these other wonderful creatures, and it is not yet summer. Have a great week end xJ
May 15, 2010 at 10:13 PM
I wouldn't worry too much - to the best of my knowledge I've never in my life heard a cuckoo that wasn't on a clock, and I'm still here ;).
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Robin from Israel |
May 16, 2010 at 04:59 PM
No, I've not heard a cuckoo, but does it count if I'm cuckoo myself?
Andrew Denny |
May 16, 2010 at 05:24 PM
I can't remember the last time I heard a cuckoo. Perhaps I'm not really here!
I heard something about crows sitting on the roof being a terrible omen. I dread to think what the jackdaws nesting in our chimney must mean ...
May 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM
Thank you all for your comments. I'll update later with some news.
May 17, 2010 at 01:33 PM
As a child I used to regularly hear the cuckoo in Oxwich, South Wales. Since leaving I have never heard it since until this morning in Farnham Royal, Bucks. I'm sure it's an omen to reduce my golf handicap today!
Sue Carroll |
May 18, 2010 at 07:57 AM
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