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19-04-2013 : THE FIRST CUCKOO OF SPRING ON A CANAL BOAT HOLIDAY

Hearing the first cuckoo of spring has long been cause for celebration and what better chance of experiencing this wonderful sound than on a Canal Boat Holiday.

It has already been reported on the Twitter that a cuckoo has been heard so despite the poor spring weather the bird has finally arrived.

Nothing can compare to the delight that hearing the first cuckoo of spring as it heralds the arrival of warmer weather and sunshine.

The cuckoo is a dove sized bird with blue grey upper parts, head and chest with dark barred white under parts.

With their sleek body, long tail and pointed wings they are not unlike kestrels.

They are well known for laying their eggs in the nests of other birds, especially meadow pipits, dunnocks and reed warblers.

All bird life not just the cuckoo can be appreciated on a Canal Boat Holiday as you will be able to take time and just stop and listen to the wonderful birdsong.

Listen for an owl hooting in the early evening or for a nightingale singing at dusk and at first light listen for blackbirds, robins and wrens as the dawn chorus sounds the start of a new day.

You may be in a privileged to hear the cry of the buzzards or see the kestrels as the swoop over farmland hunting for food.

The canals are easily accessible and free to explore and they are the ideal destination for bird lovers.

As you gentle cruise along the canals on a Canal Boat Holiday you will get back to nature and have a chance to see the bird life close up.

Ducks and swans feed on the weeds that float in the canal and the reeds growing at the edge provides shelter for the kingfishers.

As you are cruising along feed the moorhens and swans as they follow your Canal Boat hoping for a tasty treat.

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