Sunday, June 04, 2023


 Thought I had a bit of luck this morning when this male Cuckoo landed in a hedge quite close to me but it was totally obscured - calling all the time it then landed on a fence post and dropped down into the adjacent field coming up with a bill full of dead grass / veg - I assumed it had gone for a caterpillar and picked up the vegetation by mistake but it then dropped it and repeated the action this time coming up with more stuff and clearly no food item - it then flew off still carrying the vegetation and a hepatic female appeared flying in front of the male while a second male was calling about 400m away - looking it up briefly reveals that male Cuckoos do present females with nest material in courtship displays something that I had never seen or heard of -- 

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