25 December – On the first day of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my friend Sally received…
a cuckoo in a Gabonese tree!
She can see where he is, and track his odyssey…
on a website for ornithology.
He was here till July, when he left England behind…
to fly several thousand miles.
France, Spain, Mauritania, Senegal, Nigeria –
an impressive global traveller.
He flew alone that far with no compass and no map…
how on earth did he manage that?
Of all the migrations I’ve ever come across…
Sally’s sponsored cuckoo must come out top!

25 December - On the first day of Christmas