Cuckoo returns to Wales!

The Common Cuckoo (Cumulus canorus) arrived back in Wales a few days ago after spending the winter months in Africa. A very strange and peculiar brood parasite bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other species.The male song, goo-ko, is sung during the breeding season in the perfect pitch of C. This weekend, country people all over Wales will be hearing the call as harbinger of spring and early summer and often celebrate its arrival. We will certainly here its call on our Wild Wales Walkabouts this spring. It is considered to be an omen of good luck to be the first to here its call in certain locales in Wales.

The Red Kite and Other Birds

The Red Kite is the national bird of Wales and were almost on the verge of extinction in the mid twentieth century and were down to two pairs in the Tywi Valley in Mid Wales. Now the species is thriving and we will be able to see them on our Wild Wales bus tour and Walkabout this spring when we visit Wales. The Curlew returns to Wales each spring time from their winter home in North Africa. A wading bird with a long down curved bill that feeds on worms and crabs at low tide on mudflats. Their far carrying melodic cry KUrl-lee can be heard late into the night at low tide! We will certainly hear the when we will be staying along the seashore. The European Goldfinch is a red faced small passer

Bluebells!

During mid April to the start of June, Bluebells their nodding, blue necked blossoms, carpet ancient woodlands, groves and hillsides in hues of cobalt blues all around the nation of Wales. Its a sight to behold and during our May “Wild Wales Tour & Walkabout” this spring we will be stopping the bus or our ramblings to take it all in! Images courtesy of Llenatur.org

Beautiful Welsh Birds

During our Wild Wales walkabouts this spring and fall we will be looking out for these three birdies. The Meadow Pipit who returns each year to Wales to nest on lowland heaths and salt marshes from its winter home in southern Europe and North Africa. The Stone Chat, black capped returns from Spain each year to raise its young and nest in gorse and lowland heaths. The larger than a robin Wheatear (black eye stripe) returns each year from North Africa to build a nest in a hole in the wall or a burrow in an upland moor. They feed mostly on insects and some berries and lay between 5-6 pale blue eggs.

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