Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cuculus Canorus - BELARUS

This amazing Maxi-Card was recently released by Belarus Postal Services; apparently they issue a bird stamp every year and the Cuckoo was the one they've chosen in 2014. My good friend Elena send me one celebrating the arrival of Spring. Thank you very much my dear Lena! Don't know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year, with the rising of the temperatures and the flower blossom on the fields - I constantly feel happy and with a will to sing and shout, like in the old English poem "Spring has arrived, /Loudly sing, cuckoo! /Sing merrily, cuckoo! /Cuckoo, cuckoo, /You sing well, cuckoo, /Never stop now!"
   
Cuculus Canorus (Maxi-Card) - BELARUS
    
The Cuculus Canorus (Common Cuckoo, formerly European Cuckoo) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis and the coucals. The species' binomial name is derived from the Latin cuculus (the cuckoo) and canorus (melodious; from canere, meaning to sing). The cuckoo family gets its common name and genus name by onomatopoeia for the call of the male Common Cuckoo.
   
  
   

6 comments:

  1. Lovely, I do like illustrated animals

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  2. I like both spring and summer.
    This year Spring is really amazing, as here in Belarus this time of the year is warmer than usual! :)

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  3. That's why I prefer Spring to Summer Lena, here in Portugal summer it's just to hot, in August it's not rare to have temperatures near 40ºC... and for that reason I normally spend my summer vacations driving thru northern Europe!

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    1. You can go to Belarus :) by the way, as we hold Ice Hockey World Championship now, everyone can buy a ticket for the game and arrive in Minsk without visa ;)

      How was your trip to Czech Republic? Have you had a really great time?

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  4. We're only going to Czech Republic this August...
    Belarus is a strong possibility for summer 2015, because Eva wants to go to the Baltic states, my plan is fly to Riga and drive through the 3 countries... well from Vilnius to Minsk is not that far, and maybe you can show us around! :-)

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    1. Between Minsk and Vilnius is less than 3 hours by train ;)

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