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First Cuckoo 2015

First Cuckoo Bressingham 2015


David Knapp let us know that he heard a cuckoo calling on the 18th December in Bressingham, near Diss in Norfolk.

Cuckoos winter in Africa having left Europe in around September and will not return until the following spring. No records exist of a cuckoo wintering in the UK so it is unlikey that what David heard was a cuckoo.

They are often confused with collared doves or wood pigeons that have a similar call or even starlings that have been known to mimic them.

However, if we receive any more reports we will record them here so do let us know if you can corroborate David's account.

First Cuckoo Yelverton 2015


Sam Doel was walking at Yennadon Down above Burrator Reservoir in Dartmoor National Park today and heard the first cuckoo call of the year.

First Cuckoo Eals 2015


Joanna Rimmer wrote to tell us, "We have just heard our first cuckoo of the year in mixed woodland close to Eals, Slaggyford in Northumberland. A sound so redolent of spring! It has been several years since we heard one."

First Cuckoo Croft 2015


Chris Perrin heard his first cuckoo of the year today at 5:20 pm for about 15 minutes in Croft, Lincolnshire. "Excellent!" he added.

First Cuckoo Castlemorton 2015


Rosanna Perandin heard a cuckoo yesterday near her garden in Castlemorton, Worcestershire.

First Cuckoo Claverley 2015


Alan Reade heard a cuckoo today in Claverley, Shropshire.

First Cuckoo Matlock 2015


Hilary McKay wrote to tell us she heard her first cuckoo (and first house martins) today in Matlock, Derbyshire.

First Cuckoo Tilston 2015


Zoe Smith heard her first cuckoo today in the village of Tilston, near Malpas, Cheshire.

First Cuckoo Gwynedd 2015


Gwenda Taylor heard her first cuckoo of spring today in Gwynedd, North Wales.

First Cuckoo Lindfield 2015


Kerry Ellis was walking her dog this morning and heard her first cuckoo of 2015 over farmland and woods in Lindfield Sussex.

She said, "I have been waiting for the last week or so to hear and today was the day. Such a wonderful spring sound and I hope they have a good year."

First Cuckoo Wye Valley 2015


Linda Fowler heard a cuckoo at 6:40 am today in the Wye Valley a few miles south of Hereford.

First Cuckoo St Leonards On Sea 2015


Jackie heard a cuckoo literally at 8:00 pm in St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.

She said, "He must have just arrived as I hadn't head him at all until today."

First Cuckoo Spring Cottage 2015


Alison Buckley heard her first cuckoo of spring this morning at Spring Cottage, Leicestershire.

First Cuckoo Pickering 2015


Isobel wrote to tell us that a cuckoo flew very low over her car bonnet while she was just north of Pickering in Yorkshire.

This was her first cuckoo of 2015.

First Cuckoo Boreham 2015


Simon Coxall heard and saw a cuckoo this morning in the meadowlands of the Chelmer River in Boreham, Essex.

First Cuckoo Steep 2015


Tim Stubbington heard a cuckoo in Ashford near Steep in Hampshire on the 3rd April.

He commented, "I couldn't believe it and am open to the suggestion of a hoax of some sort, but why?"

This is not the earliest report of a cuckoo we have received; however they are sometimes confused with collared doves so it may not have been a hoax but a genuine report or a case of mistaken identity.

First Cuckoo Hope Valley 2015


Peter Williams heard a cuckoo at Ramsley Reservoir near Hope Valley in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire on the morning of 18th March, a site they return to each year.

First Cuckoo East Hanney 2015


John Spokes wrote to let us know he thought he heard a cuckoo yesterday in woods near East Hanney, Oxfordshire. He is sure it wasn't a pigeon and wondered whether it was possible.

We have had a number of early reports of cuckoos this year. A couple of people who wrote to us have since clarified that they were mistaken and although cuckoo reports are getting earlier we are still some time away from April 14th.

First Cuckoo Harpley Dams 2015



Sheila Roberts saw a cuckoo at 4:45 pm near Peddars Way at Harpley Dams. She said it's really early for Norfolk.

First Cuckoo Wellow 2015


Bryony Owen heard a cuckoo call at 8:00 am today in her garden in Wellow on the Isle of Wight. She commented that it is very early.

First Cuckoo Calverton 2015


Another very early cuckoo. Linda Martin-Hackett wrote to tell us she heard a cuckoo in Calverton, Nottinghamshire today at about 1:30 pm.

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