Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo
There has been a dramatic decline in the numbers of those migrant birds which Michael McCarthy, calls ‘the bringers of spring’ — that ‘great aerial river’ of 16 million birds flooding up from Africa between March and May to fill our island with the songs of chiff-chaffs and blackcaps, the aerial displays of swallows and swifts, and the evocative call of the cuckoo.
Skilfully and movingly interweaves what we have learned scientifically about the birds themselves with our response to the sight and sound of these small creatures and the impact they have on our lives
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