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  • First cuckoo / swallow 2021

    Anyone heard or seen any yet?
    We’re still on the lookout
    "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

    Location....Normandy France

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    Not yet. Bit worried the cuckoo might not be around any more. Swallows will take a little while yet to get here. Probably already in Barcelona, though, where it's warmer.
    Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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    • #3
      We saw 3 Cuckoos a couple of weeks ago, resting in a tree, I guess they had just flown over the sea, not seen any Sand Martins yet, they usually arrive first, then House Martins, then Swallows with the Swifts last.

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      • #4
        A very timely thread, Nicos. I saw my first swallow this morning down in the village.

        We rarely hear cuckoos around here now.
        Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
        Endless wonder.

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        • #5
          A friend heard his first Cuckoo on 10th April and his House Martins returned on 8th April. Also heard his first Nightingale song this morning.
          All I get is Muntjacs!
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          • #6
            Heard a Cuckoo yesterday but no swallows yet.
            Gardening requires a lot of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson, critic and poet

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            • #7
              I rarely see house martins or swallows where I am. I do always see lots and lots of swifts once they arrive for the summer, though (too early yet, mind).

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              • #8
                No cuckoo here yet. Only mentioned that last week.
                Not seen swallows or housemartins here but someone has few miles away. Hoping the warmer weather helps
                Northern England.

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                • #9
                  Amazing timing indeed MH!
                  OH heard our first cuckoo this morning
                  "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

                  Location....Normandy France

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                  • #10
                    My first two swallows, bombing about overhead as we had lunch outdoors. Mr Snoop says he saw his first one yesterday.

                    No bee-eaters as yet. Their numbers seem to be in decline. We used to get huge flocks of them in our valley, more like squadrons, actually, than flocks. Their aerial acrobatics are even more impressive than the swallows'.
                    Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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                    • #11
                      Saw our first two Sand Martins, the Swallows won't be far away I hope.

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                      • #12
                        Husband heard first cuckoo a week or so ago (same county but not super local to us!) and we have swallows ducking and diving on our local nature reserve. Lovely to watch but the buggers never pose for a photo!!
                        If it ain't broke...fix it til it is!

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                        • #13
                          The Swallows are back!! I saw three yesterday showing interest in our outbuildings where they have nested before.
                          Gardening requires a lot of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson, critic and poet

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                          • #14
                            We have a dozen Swallows hunting insects over the burn at the side of the village.

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                            • #15
                              Just heard the cuckoo this morning on our dog walk. So pleased.
                              Northern England.

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