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General => Off Topic => Topic started by: Wrighty on May 10, 2013, 09:47:39 pm

Title: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on May 10, 2013, 09:47:39 pm
Anyone heard a Cuckoo yet this year?

Suppose to sing all day in May.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 10, 2013, 10:49:01 pm
Yes, several but they didn't have feathers ::) :D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on May 19, 2013, 10:47:01 pm
Still not heard one :o
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 20, 2013, 09:45:41 am
Same here :o
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: foraging 5 on May 20, 2013, 11:16:05 pm
nothing from us either.
we have seen a lot of Owls in late afternoon though
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on May 24, 2013, 09:38:14 pm
Looks like i will have to watch Springwatch next week to hear one :)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 24, 2013, 09:54:38 pm
Seen a stupid white cat twice but no cuckoo heard :(

Why stupid white cat - Archie nearly got it when it was hiding in our front garden and then it came back for more and Poppy spotted it this time ::)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Gackt on May 26, 2013, 12:36:12 pm
Saw some Cuckoo spit the other day. Have not heard a Cuckoo yet.

In fact I don't think I have heard one for years.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 26, 2013, 08:24:10 pm
Out and about today (not caching) and didn't hear a cuckoo today either.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: tarmacjohn on May 26, 2013, 08:34:15 pm
I was at the inlaws today and saw a cuckoo, but I didn't say cuckoo. So technically I haven't heard one yet
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Griff Grof on May 27, 2013, 09:24:59 am
We sometimes hear them up here, but not yet, either ::)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on May 27, 2013, 06:46:46 pm
Out most of the day yesterday and still did not hear one.

Work today and thats enough to send you cuckoo :D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: foraging 5 on May 28, 2013, 11:42:30 am
Both cuckoo and woodpeckers up here in Northamptonshire on Saturday, plus Fox's,Deer a Lancaster Bomber and  a man walking a Harris Hawk...oh and 116 caches over 20.5 miles in 8 hours actual walking.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: tarmacjohn on May 28, 2013, 11:46:40 am
Wow, good going.

Starting to annoy me now all these people with daily totals in the hundreds. I will be glad to get round the GCW in June. ;D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Griff Grof on May 28, 2013, 01:13:45 pm
Wow, good going.

Starting to annoy me now all these people with daily totals in the hundreds. I will be glad to get round the GCW in June. ;D

I just don't see the point of going caching anymore, right now... :o I'll reserve my thoughts?  ;) :D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: foraging 5 on May 28, 2013, 02:56:24 pm
ooh forgot a further 52 caches on Monday ;D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 29, 2013, 08:44:41 am
Heard my first cuckoo this morning while walking the dogs ;D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on May 29, 2013, 08:53:43 am
Was out caching yesterday in the rain and at one point thought i heard one but not sure so not claiming one yet ;D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: tarmacjohn on May 29, 2013, 09:04:04 am
Was out caching yesterday in the rain

That's dedication for you
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 29, 2013, 01:41:37 pm
That's dedication for you

That's cachers for you, some more dedicated than others ;D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on June 05, 2013, 06:37:04 pm
Out in some glorious Cotswold countryside yesterday but still no Cuckoo :(

Did see a Red Kite though 8)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: foraging 5 on June 05, 2013, 10:42:17 pm
thats lucky, not often see one around here, its usually Buzzards. Though up in Northamptonshire where Alison hails from its all Red Kites and very few Buzzards.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Gackt on February 18, 2014, 01:13:49 pm
Too early this year to post this thread?

I haven't heard one this year yet.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on February 18, 2014, 04:04:38 pm
Too early :D

In April i open my bill.
In May i sing all day.
In June i change my tune.
In July far far i fly.
In August away i must.
 8)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on February 18, 2014, 08:42:50 pm
The twitchers are about these parts - we've got a hen harrier some where near-by :)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RQsR_n0-V1g/TB5OEV7Dw1I/AAAAAAAACNQ/F_ybxyD0kxE/s1600/fem%2Bhen%2Bharrier.jpg)
(not my picture)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: L8HNB on February 18, 2014, 10:24:23 pm
The poem as I know it:

The Cuckoo comes in April
She sings her song in May
She changes her tune
In the month of June
And July she flies away

Not unheard of to hear the Cuckoo in February, but more usually April as the poem.  We were hearing Cuckoo's very late, into July, last year.  The bird is very significant to country folk, the cider barrel's tapped when its first heard!
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Gackt on February 19, 2014, 01:21:41 pm
Thank you for that. I thought I was a bit early :D But with the world weather a bit topsy-turvy of late and relatively warm winter so far, thought there might be a chance.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on April 22, 2014, 05:27:48 pm
Yay tap the cider barrel.Heard a Cuckoo today whilst caching in Warwickshire :)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on April 22, 2014, 08:51:56 pm
I've not heard one yet ::)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: L8HNB on April 22, 2014, 09:19:47 pm
Yay tap the cider barrel.Heard a Cuckoo today whilst caching in Warwickshire :)
Hear it Saturday and again today and the barrel is tapped  ::)
Excellent drink, quite dry and nice and clear, a lovely golden colour.  Visitors welcome by appointment please    :D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 14, 2014, 10:45:06 pm
Last year I heard my first Cuckoo on the 29th May - well they were earlier this year, as I heard my first today near Gawcombe while walking Archie this afternoon :)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on May 27, 2014, 10:37:10 pm
Heard again today and many times in the last few weeks.Even heard one at home this year.

Anyone watching Springwatch.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: L8HNB on May 27, 2014, 11:00:42 pm
Yep, interesting wasn't it?  Definitely more Goldfinches than Greenfinches here too.
Last year there were regularly three Cuckoo's around here, this year I've only heard two at any one time once.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Griff Grof on May 28, 2014, 08:42:31 am
I think I've still only heard one this year, so far  :(

Anyone watching Springwatch.

Not yet but we've been meaning to, Bill Oddie is back isn't he? The nature reserve they're in looks nice too.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 28, 2014, 09:40:14 am
Not yet but we've been meaning to, Bill Oddie is back isn't he?

Yes he is. I was going to watch it on BBC iPlayer but what on earth have they done to it and Springwatch wasn't there >:(
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: L8HNB on May 28, 2014, 10:33:45 am
I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but why did they bring BO back? 
We can't stand him, he's too smart to fit in with the bumbling uncle character and way behind the other presenters on knowledge.  We did meet him once and he struck us as very arrogant, a view that I've heard from others who have also met him.
Now Iolo Williams is a completely different matter.
We usually record the prog and fast forward the bits where they are squittering...
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 28, 2014, 12:41:19 pm
I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but why did they bring BO back? 

I've heard that he does 'rub up' a lot of people the wrong way :-X
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Griff Grof on May 28, 2014, 01:02:05 pm
We didn't mind BO at all, but I see what you're saying.

Didn't he rise to fame as a singer or something? 
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: tarmacjohn on May 28, 2014, 01:08:33 pm
He was a bit of a singer, but probably best known for.............

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJxGi8bizEg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJxGi8bizEg)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 28, 2014, 01:37:00 pm
He's Goodie Goodie Yum Yum:

Goodie Goodie yum yum (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRkxuhzGR9U)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: L8HNB on May 28, 2014, 03:22:51 pm
That's enough to make you anyone a facebook account....
Cuckoo!
 ;D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Griff Grof on May 28, 2014, 04:40:51 pm
My internet is too slow to watch those videos at the moment  ::) - I may keep trying later  ;)

Until then, any good  ??? :D
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Wrighty on May 28, 2014, 06:13:27 pm
Will be interesting to see if Chris Packham finds his namesake Cuckoo.

Now as anyone seen a Kingfisher lately?
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: tarmacjohn on May 28, 2014, 06:42:01 pm
Now as anyone seen a Kingfisher lately?

I have only ever seen one, I was probably about 15yrs old and it flew over my head whilst I was sat in the local brook (as you do when you are young). I still remember the incredible flash of blue and gold, even to this day I still take the dog past that spot to try and see another.
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: L8HNB on May 28, 2014, 07:00:04 pm
Best place to see a Kingfisher that I know of is the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust reserve - Knapp and Papermill, near Alfrick.  There's a hide opposite where they nest, not been for a long time though.  One or two nice caches near there to, Bramble Island (the original was fun).

Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: Griff Grof on May 28, 2014, 07:42:43 pm
I have only seen a Kingfisher once too  :(

Am I correct to think that several have noted seeing them by the Isbourne when finding your caches? Seem to remember several saying so in their logs  ???

@L8HNB thanks, will have to go there to see if we can get a proper look at one :)
Title: Re: Cuckoo
Post by: walktall on May 28, 2014, 08:58:42 pm
I was lucky to see kingfishers regularly cycling to work in Andover, as part of the route went along the river but not seen one for a few years now :(