Perched plaintive cuckoo

Embracing the dawn chorus – why you should give the tradition of gökotta a try

Every spring, as nature awakes and the migratory birds return from their winter locales, the old Swedish custom of gökotta holds that you should get up before dawn, pack a picnic and go outside to enjoy the birdsong. Gökotta, pronounced “yuh-KOT-tuh”, directly translates to “cuckoo dawn” in English and is part of old folklore, according to which the cuckoo was bestowed with mystic powers and able to make predictions about the future.  Today, the cuckoo has lost its fortune teller status of yore, but the allure of enjoying early morning birdsong in the spring lives on. Of course you can

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