Signs of spring: the first cuckoo you hear

Last weekend on a walk with my family we heard a cuckoo calling. Being birds that migrate between the UK and Africa each year I always find it uplifting to start hearing them.

I’m never entirely sure why humans are so keen on them, giving their habit of abandoning their eggs in other birds’ nests and leaving these are the birds to raise their young (their young will usually kill all of their adoptive parents’ genetic young).

We have only moved to our current house a year ago, so I was particularly delighted later in the day to hear a Cuckoo close to our house. I have no idea if this will become a common sound in the evenings, but it is still nice to hear.

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