Each year, I look forward to hearing the first cuckoo. It's a very distinctive sound. Last year, I heard them on April 30; in 2012 on May 2nd.
But now it's May 24, and I haven't heard one yet. I mentioned this today, while I was out with ladysolly. Then later today when I read the newspaper, people in the letters page (the only part of the newspaper that I trust) people were saying the same.
So where have the cuckoos gone?
I checked the web. Apparently, they've been in decline for several years. I'm hoping that I'll perhaps hear one in the next few weeks, but if I don't, I'll have to console myself with this.