All morning, I followed the call of the cuckoo and found him several times. He was active within a traditional territory, the undulating zone of ground where I've most often found him. He perched in the top of a mature ash, on the branch of a fallen dead tree, on juniper up on ridge where he'd be visible. I want to find out if his working a relatively small area over almost a week suggests success- that he has found females. Last spring he ranged further over Scout Scar. He's rarely worked such a confined zone over a week, as he is doing at the moment. I've never come home with such an odd image as I found amongst this morning's file. Take a look and see how you interpret what you see. I give you a sequence of four shots, taken with minimal time between them
I was some distance away when I found the cuckoo. The first shot shows his habitat and the cuckoo on his display perch from which he's calling. In the next image, he suddenly takes flight. I saw classic cuckoo flight- in the photograph you would scarcely know what you're looking at. What's interesting is the other three birds in the shot, caught in the moment they fly after him. I've often seen meadow pipit perching close to a cuckoo to let him know they're aware he's a threat. The female cuckoo is the immediate threat since she invades their nest and introduces her own egg.
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