June 9th- cuckoo and swift diary

Jonathan Pomroy

We went for a walk on the North York Moors this morning- the first time for many weeks. We were immediately greeted by the sound of a cuckoo. What a beautiful sound, we listened mesmerised. It was accompanied by a snipe ‘drumming’, curlew calls, crossbills, skylark, willow warbler and meadow pipits. A really special moorland chorus and one which I have probably heard just in time, as soon it will fall silent again until next April. We had superb views of the cuckoo as it perched on top of a nearby pine, mobbed by meadow pipits. A calling cuckoo has such an interesting silhouette with tail held high and wings drooped. A front view showed the drooped wings particularly well.

We found a patch of Arctic starflower in full bloom. This uncommon northern species has a delicate beauty. It is a member of the primrose family and one which I…

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