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First Cuckoo

The 14th April is St. Tiburtius Day and is traditionally when you will hear the first cuckoo, as celebrated in Rudyard Kipling’s Cuckoo Song:

Cuckoo, bring your song here!
Warrant, Act and Summons, please,
For Spring to pass along here!



Cuckoo

The cuckoo migrates north from Africa and the date of its arrival, although traditionally the 14th April, varies in different parts of the country.

The first sighting is often in the far South West, in the Isle of Scilly and then gradually moves northwards. In recent years the cuckoo has tended to arrive on average five days earlier than usual, likely due to climate change.

On hearing the first cuckoo in spring it is traditional to pen a letter to The Times but you can also send your reports to us here - we'd love to hear from you. Just let us know when and where you heard it.

Previous years: 2016    2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010   

Want to learn more about cuckoos? You may be interested in the following:

Cuckoo: Cheating By Nature
Singing Toy Cuckoo
Cuckoo Call



First Cuckoo Hay Bluff 2017



Paul Smith heard a cuckoo today just below Hay Bluff, a hill in the Black Mountains, Powys.

First Cuckoo Naunton 2017



Wendy and her husband heard their first cuckoo today while walking in Throop, a village on the outskirts of Bournemouth, Dorset.

First Cuckoo Naunton 2017



David Porter heard a cuckoo today at 8:00 am at GL54 3AU.

First Cuckoo Broomfield 2017



Wendy Easton heard her first cuckoo of 2017 in her garden in Broomfield north of Chelmsford, Essex.

First Cuckoo Gulval 2017



Geraldine Berryman was very excited to hear her first cuckoo yesterday afternoon at Gulval near Penzance, Cornwall.

She said, "It definitely wasn't a collared dove as I am a keen birdwatcher and know the difference!"

First Cuckoo Lincoln 2017


Rachel Johnstone who lives in in South Lincolnshire wrote to tell us that her son who is at the University of Lincoln phoned her on the 31st March to say he had heard a cuckoo which was in a tree in his neighbour's garden. She wondered if they were hearing things.

First Cuckoo Staplecross 2017



Karen Wake heard a cuckoo today in TN32 5QT.
','Karen Wake heard a cuckoo today in TN32 5QT.

First Cuckoo Silverhill Wood 2017


David Cooke wrote to say he had heard the first cuckoo of the year quite clearly at Silverhill Wood, Nottinghamshire today at midday. It's still very early for cuckoos to have returned to the UK so perhaps David was mistaken.

First Cuckoo Harrow 2017


Sue said she heard a cuckoo at about 8 o'clock this morning. It is very early for cuckoos to be in the UK. At this time of year they are often confused with collared doves.

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