By: Blonde Two
As you know, the Two Blondes love the Dartmoor Cuckoos. They are astounding creatures and this year’s first British Cuckoos have already left the UK to return to their winter quarters. Four Dartmoor Cuckoos have been tagged by the British Trust for Ornithology again this year, all of them at Emsworthy Mire which is well known to the Blondes. On Saturday evening, They, and a few friends, were all calling. You can follow their progress here; http://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking
We are learning more about the Cuckoo’s migration through this research but did you know that there is some folklore linked to these super navigators?
It is good luck to have money in your pocket when you here a Cuckoo’s call. Last time I didn’t even have any pockets, must remember to bring some next time Cuckoo’s are a possibility.
Whatever you are doing when you hear a Cuckoo, you should repeat throughout the year as it is likely to do you good. This is grand news for Two Blondes who love Dartmoor and only ever hear them up there.
It is bad luck to hear a cuckoo after July 31st. I would suggest that this would be bad luck for the Cuckoo as well as he has a very long journey ahead and he risks all of the sun loungers in Africa being taken by other, less tardy birds by the time he gets there.
As well as actual Cuckoos, Dartmoor has a Cuckoo Rock. I haven’t been there yet so I can’t tell you whether or not it looks like a Cuckoo. I have put it onto the Blonde-List (this is quite long) and we will let you know sometime. If you want to find out more about Cuckoo Rock then look no further than the wonderful Legendary Dartmoor site here http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/cuck_rock.htm