Cuckoos and Cuckooflowers

These mornings I am lucky to wake to the sound of the cuckoo, (Cuculus canorus), Cuach in Irish, a summer visitor to Ireland, from central or south Africa. It is a dove-sized bird, with a sleek body, long tail and pointed wings, similar to a kestrel or sparrowhawk, especially when in flight. The male makes…


Hawthorn trees (Crataegus laevigata), Sceach Gheal in Irish, also called Whitethorn are in flower at the moment, providing a beautiful white boundary amongst the hedgerows around green fields all over Ireland. It is described as a bush or a small tree and has beautiful white flowers (important for bees and other insects) and lobed leaves….