It’s mid-summer yet the cuckoo’s adieu and spotted redshank’s dark plumage hint at autumn

It may be the hottest, driest, summer since 1976 but on the first day of July I said goodbye to spring and greeted the coming of autumn, within a few short hours.

The farewell to spring came in the form of a calling cuckoo at the RSPB’s flagship Ham Wall reserve in Somerset.

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