A cuckoo was calling loudly this evening by the Oxhill bridleway track at Pillerton Hersey. Hopefully it will make its way over the fields to Kineton – the tracks around the Red Road have always been a good place to hear cuckoos in previous years.
Interesting recent research has shown that the cuckoos that breed in England fly back to Central Africa via Spain and then the west coast of the continent, whereas the Sottish birds (which are faring much better these days) fly back on a shorter route via Egypt. It is thought this gives the Scottish breeding birds and their offspring a better chance of surviving the long journey, and they get to the jungles in the Congo area (where it is now known many overwinter) that much faster. No one knows why they follow such different migration routes, but it is thought it might genetically date back to the last Ice Age when the climate could well have been forced to take different routes.