'People are looking at what is on their doorstep, and one can only hope that when this is all over they will re-evaluate their lives and how they live, and opt for a slower pace of life, to look, and see, and enjoy their own surroundings.' So wrote a friend.
The Land of Lost Content is here, if we look about us. It is not lost.
Whenever I meet Kay, she tells me if she has heard the cuckoo, and where. Today, she asks about Mountain everlasting so we retrace our steps a little to show her and her sister the flowers. Kay spots a pinkish flower amongst the Mountain everlasting It's tiny, with a tight cluster of flower buds about to open. My images show it is Common milkwort, the same flower I found with Mountain everlasting yesterday on the escarpment edge. The flower is variable, through deep blue. purple, pink or white. Interesting that the species occur together.
For a better image of milkwort, flowers fully open, see blog Mobbed on Scout Scar 28 May 2018
'I think that most Cuckoos stay together as a pair so presumably successful mating can take place throughout the season. I would assume that once mating had occurred most of the eggs present would have been fertilized and the female would start to lay. Laying would take place over a period of time as the female needs to find enough nests in the correct stage of use by the host.
As Cuckoos have declined I think in some cases numbers have been overestimated. From my experience an area that regularly held 2 or 3 birds now often has only one. In the past all the birds could be heard calling at the same time but now even though you still here a bird calling it is only one bird moving between areas which held more. JH