August 12th   Leave a comment

I finally came across a cuckoo that wasn’t too bothered about me, so I could get relatively close. It was feeding on large green caterpillars in the topped potato field by Bow Butts. The vegetation is now all shrivelled away, but clearly the insect larvae remain, now easily visible on the ground below the dead stems. A good feeding patch for a bird that might fly non-stop to the south of France from Crail on the next leg of its migration.

Juvenile cuckoo this morning – the droopy wings and fanned tail when perched are quite a distinctive and common posture for a perched cuckoo
Flight montage (a flock of cuckoos sadly never happens). Their flight shape is equally distinctive and you need to get your eye into it – half thrush, half bird of prey – to see passage cuckoos because visible perched birds like today’s are few and far between

Posted August 12, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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