Not that I have an OCD which makes me note these things down, but first hearings/sighting of cuckoos and swallows have both been exactly twenty days (three weeks in old money) earlier this year than in 2013.
We have wonderful nightingales here but the sweet little wood where they sing has been grubbed up over the past few weeks as part of a move to make the local fields bigger and more user-friendly for big agricultural vehicles. We very much hope they will find a new perch for their magical nightly seranades.
I hope they move to me - we must be near. My farmer neighbour has radically increased the size of his machinery and can no longer 'clean' (mow, dry. bale and remove the grass from) my two paddocks which are becoming forests.