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Confusing the woodpigeon's call with cuckoo's first song of spring

I fear RJA Hunter (Letters, February 5) has been mislead by a confused big doo, or woodpigeon, as, to repeat:

The cuckoo comes in April,

It sings its song in May,

In the month of June, it changes its tune,

And then it flies away.

Duncan Miller,

38 Middlemuir Road,


RJA Hunter records hearing a cuckoo on Sunday morning and queries if this could be the proverbial first one of spring or if anyone was up even earlier.

I confess I was not up early on Sunday morning and so may have missed clocking a cuckoo.

I will try to do better next year.

R Russell Smith,

96 Milton Road,


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