18 Jun Migration of the Cuckoo Bird
Gone ! The sounds of the cuckoo are no more. As other garden birds continue to sing out loudly, the camping has become oddly quiet, yet another cuckoo season over. Their singing chimes of Cuckoo no longer float around the park. Since living here at Camping Chateau de Lacomté the Cuckoos have always left sometime after the 21st of June, never before. This year, one of the baby cuckoos found it incredibly hard to learn how to chant his signature tune of cuckoo. He could get the cuck part brilliantly, but the koo part, got him everytime. It took weeks of repetitive singing by his parents before all of a sudden one gorgeous sunny evening in May, he got it right. From then on, there was no stopping this very excited little baby cuckoo. And now, the Hoopoes have arrived, think they have been playing hide’n’seek this year, as they have only just began to feed in the back garden. With all the wet weather we have had recently, the worms stand no chance of escaping certain death with the length of the Hoopoe’s beaks. Digging deep down into the ground they never fail to catch the long wiggling worms, pulling them out squirming to get free & stay alive. No Chance ! https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/nature/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-hoopoe. As Spring begins to fade away towards the Summer months, the foliage of nature is also changing, and the the new babies of wildlife begin to show their little faces. The baby birds are being taught how to fly, there have been a few window smashing moments, but luckily they have survived. We have no cats to catch them as they lay on the ground dazed, before attempting to stand up and fly off again. They were so sure that there was a tree, but the branch they attempted to land on was a window reflection, ouch!! Sadly they have yet to learn about reflections! The Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the back garden this morning, clinging tightly to the trunk of the cherry tree. First time I have seen him this year. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/great-spotted-woodpecker/. The green one is always around, but not the Great Spotted Woodpecker, it is so pretty and is quite allusive. Looks like we are enjoying the same weather as the UK at the moment, there is a distinct chill in the air, and every now and again a heavy deluge of rain ruins out-door plans. But sunshine is on its way ! Or so it is forecasted. Enjoy your evening everyone.