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  • Location: Sth Staffs/Shrops 105m/345' & NW Snowdonia 219m/719'
  • Location: Sth Staffs/Shrops 105m/345' & NW Snowdonia 219m/719'

    We've had this kind of thread before but it's always a good seasonal topic.

    I was only saying to Mrs KAR yesterday that we ought to be looking out for swallows arriving soon. Then this morning whilst she was out walking the dog she heard the first cuckoo in the woods nearby.

    I don't ever recall hearing one so early in spring before, and certainly not before seeing a few swallows first.

    Anyone else seen or heard the early yet?

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  • Location: South Shields Tyne & Wear half mile from the coast.
  • Location: South Shields Tyne & Wear half mile from the coast.

    Ive never heard a cuckoo around here or even seen one(wrong habitat i should imagine) got a collared dove that

    cant coo..!! infact ,of the usual 3 coo's it can only manage 2 so it sounds

    like its a cuckoo..LoL....

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  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales

    At the office in Docklands this afternoon we were a bit surprised to find a Muscovy Duck attacking the building, until we remembered that the window glass is mirrored and that he/she was responding to what he/she thought was another Muscovy Duck in the early breeding season. However, we can't find any information on whether Muscovy Ducks (obviously escapes from collections) are seen often in London.

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  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......
  • Weather Preferences: Hot & Sunny, Cold & Snowy
  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......
    At the office in Docklands this afternoon we were a bit surprised to find a Muscovy Duck attacking the building, until we remembered that the window glass is mirrored and that he/she was responding to what he/she thought was another Muscovy Duck in the early breeding season. However, we can't find any information on whether Muscovy Ducks (obviously escapes from collections) are seen often in London.

    I've known them in two other locations (Muscovy Ducks). One couple in the Marina at Worsley (Bridgewater canal) who no longer had any 'white' plumage as it, like the water, had turned rusty orange, and then here in Hebden Bridge (where a chap rescued a couple of flood victims and has raised them from there on in) one of the ugliest heads in creation surely?

    No cuckoo's yet though

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  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
    I've known them in two other locations (Muscovy Ducks). One couple in the Marina at Worsley (Bridgewater canal) who no longer had any 'white' plumage as it, like the water, had turned rusty orange, and then here in Hebden Bridge (where a chap rescued a couple of flood victims and has raised them from there on in) one of the ugliest heads in creation surely?

    No cuckoo's yet though

    Yes, extremely ugly - and they apparently bully other wildfowl, too. My mother was telling me this evening about one harassing a locally well-known and long-standing pair of Mute Swans off their nest (of 20 years) last year. Apparently they lost two clutches.

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    Yesterday I thought I heard one, but by coincidence it was children playing on their way home from school :D I actually stopped what I was doing to listen again and was about to rush in and post when I heard it again followed by other animal noises and laughing, so no Cuckoo here yet. I am off to the woods tomorrow all day so I'll keep an ear out.

    Russ

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  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
    Yesterday I thought I heard one, but by coincidence it was children playing on their way home from school :D I actually stopped what I was doing to listen again and was about to rush in and post when I heard it again followed by other animal noises and laughing, so no Cuckoo here yet. I am off to the woods tomorrow all day so I'll keep an ear out.

    Russ

    I think you're a wee bit previous looking for Cuckoos yet Rusty, especially given the forecast. But have fun looking for other stuff anyway.

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  • Location: Sth Staffs/Shrops 105m/345' & NW Snowdonia 219m/719'
  • Location: Sth Staffs/Shrops 105m/345' & NW Snowdonia 219m/719'
    I think you're a wee bit previous looking for Cuckoos yet Rusty, especially given the forecast. But have fun looking for other stuff anyway.

    From the RSPB Adults arrive in late March or April and depart in July or August, with young birds leaving a month or so later

    We get them every year in the woods just a few hundred yards away but was suprised to hear one so early this year.

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  • Location: Sth Staffs/Shrops 105m/345' & NW Snowdonia 219m/719'
  • Location: Sth Staffs/Shrops 105m/345' & NW Snowdonia 219m/719'

    Not heard it since... maybe it was either a lone rougue visitor or a wood pigeon during impersonations!

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  • Location: Orleton, 6 miles south of Ludlow
  • Location: Orleton, 6 miles south of Ludlow

    We get cuckoos every year, but nothing yet. We generally don't hear the first one until mid to late-April (near Ludlow, Shropshire)

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