Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:08
Our local bird blog - Pembrokeshire birds - has cuckoo hearings, but I haven't heard one for several years. Saw one once, many year's ago in Bucks.
Well done you for spotting a rarity. Red kites fly often over the house, they nest just over the bank/sloping field on the next-door farm. They seem to be spreading southwards at a rate of 5 miles a year. Wonderful to watch them.
We still have thrush and skylarks, but not plovers recently.
Apparently the greatest threat to swallows is their being eaten by humans in the countries they migrate to. Not much on a swallow I imagine.