A rare thing on the Northumberland coast these days, the Cuckoo. Last year I dont think I had one on the OFFH list, but one turned up last Saturday in our Village Copse, cuck-oo ing for all to hear. I heard it briefly at a distance last weekend, but yesterday I finally saw it, as it flushed from the back hedge behind us. It was seen off by a few smaller birds and headed towards the coast path and out of view.
I hope it can find a mate in the area, but I think he might have to move towards higher ground before he encounters another of his kind.