Have you heard the call of the cuckoo yet?
According to The Ultimate Holiday Site, if you hear the call of a cuckoo bird on June 21, there’s a wet summer ahead. We’re not sure where this superstition came from or whether or not it’s true, but we do know that, in Europe (where cuckoos spend their spring and summer after wintering in Africa), the call of the cuckoo is a welcoming indicator that spring is here and the green grass and warmth of summer are just around the corner.
If you’re in Europe and hear the call of the cuckoo bird today (or any time between early April and late June), consider yourself lucky, as Europe has recently seen a decline in cuckoo birds. But a lucky few have reported cuckoo soundings and sightings since April.
If you don’t live in a region inhabited by the cuckoo bird, find a cuckoo clock or practice making your own cuckoo call.
Whether or not you hear the cuckoo’s song, celebrate the good news the cuckoo bird brings with William Wordsworth’s poem “To the Cuckoo.”