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 Post subject: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:09 am 
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Location: Mablethorpe
I have seen and heard more Cuckoos in the dunes at Mablethorpe North end this year than the previous 15 years.
There seem to be at least 5 calling males present for the past few weeks.
Have Cuckoo sightings elsewhere increased this year?


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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:39 pm 
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Not here at Donna Nook. This site was always a traditional stronghold for the species with spring counts often in low double figures. The last year or two have seen a few less birds about, but this year is the worst ever with just odd birds seen and very little song heard.


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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 9:15 pm 
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Not a single record on my patch at Swanpool/Boultham mere.
I have had 3 singing males, 1 at Whisby & 2 at Bardney.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 9:20 pm 
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Location: Bardney
Male & Female at Bardney, the Male not as vocal as previous years
Male at Fiskerton today.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:24 pm 
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Location: Grimsby
Two calling and holding territory along the coastal strip between Humberston and Horseshoe Point.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:38 pm 
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Location: North Hykeham
Good year here at WNR/NHP, minimum three advertising males.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:42 am 
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Location: Theddlethorpe
4 males ( at least 3 pairs) on Saltfleetby Theddlethorpe NNR between Mablethorpe north end and Saltfleet
which is fairly normal over recent years, also a good year for warbler numbers especially whitethroat
garden warbler sedge warbler and blackcap so I wonder if west and central Africa have had good rainfall
(The east is suffering a serious drought) allowing good winter feeding conditions.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:45 am 
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Location: Mablethorpe
I think Whitethroats are the main hosts for Cuckoos here in Mablethorpe dunes, so maybe the increased numbers of Whitethroats here this year explains the increase in Cuckoos.


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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:03 pm 
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Location: Doddington Park, Lincoln
Heard one yesterday at Five Mile Lane on the Witham


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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 10:56 pm 
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Location: Sutton St James
One male heard calling outside Sutton St James at noon today


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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 7:20 pm 
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Heard one on Boston West Golf Course this afternoon. Made up for a very poor round!
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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:59 am 
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Location: Sutton St James
A male called briefly at 5am earlier today outside Sutton St James.

These sparse records are similar to those of the last few years. Perhaps 15 years ago I would see and hear several individuals most days in the season.

I assume reed warbler nests are the attraction here.


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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 4:15 pm 
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I saw 2 fly over Grainthorp haven yesterday.
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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:04 pm 
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Location: Baumber Park, Horncastle.
Fiskerton Scrapes, 26th May

Called in briefly at 5pm today on the way home from Lincoln and heard and then saw my first Cuckoo of the year! As I was walking back from the hide the calling male alighted on the power lines and was then briefly joined by a 'bubbling' female.

On the large scrape were:-

3 Grey Heron
Cormorant
2 Egyptian geese
3 Shelduck
2 shoveler (drakes)
Pr Mallard
Pr Gadwall
Tufted duck (drake)
21 Peewits
2 Coot


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 Post subject: Re: Good Cuckoo Year?
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:36 am 
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Location: Cleethorpes
One at Far Ings 27 May

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