Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cuckoo calling

I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a grey morph female Cuckoo (C.canorus) this morning (14th) in the 'rough'. She was calling just the once each time from three different "song posts". Normally this is only done by the female after egg-laying to attract the male back for a bit of "how's yer father". She was not very conspicuous and slipped low through the bushes. I suspect that she was 'sussing out' the Dunnock's nests/territories - as well as trying to attract a mate.
DK, TP & EN have not yet heard a male Cuckoo calling anywhere at this site.
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