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,

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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,