I’ve spent the last couple of days with the World Land Trust at the BTO HQ in Thetford (thank you! BTO). There was a meeting of partners from across the world (mostly Latin America but also Vietnam, Malaysia, India and Madagascar) and so I was seeing images of Jaguars, Orangutans and a wealth of trogons and parrots in a series of very inspiring presentations. But occasionally my mind went back to Stanwick Lakes and how spring might be unfolding now that the warm weather seems to have arrived.
So, this morning I was taking my regular walk and noticing a significant upturn in bird song from spring arrivals; there were many more Sedge Warblers and more Willow Warblers as well as my first Reed Warblers of the year and my first Cuckoo.
There is something special about hearing your first Cuckoo of the year. Mine today is around the time that I would expect from previous years (although there is a suggestion that dates have crept earlier in recent years from my data).
A woman walking her dog asked whether I’d seen anything interesting and I replied with ‘Cuckoo’ to which she said that she had heard Cuckoo too, and they had been here for over two weeks – with complete confidence. Now, I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether you believe her or not – but I surely do not.
I still haven’t seen my first House Martin of 2018 yet. They seemed to have a bad year in 2017 and I wonder what their numbers will be this year…?
And it’s time to start looking up for Swifts too.