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I think I have just been watching a cuckoo chick in the garden being fed by a female blackbird who seemed to be working very hard. The chick, maybe I should say fledgling for it could fly a little but had as yet a very short tail, was at least as big and I would say even bigger than the blackbird. Broadly the same sort of coloration as the blackbird but the head was lighter and the breast slightly mottled. The head was also a different shape to the blackbrd's especially when it put its head back and opened its throat. In between 'feeds' it stamped its left foot as if saying 'come on, come on.' It then appeared 'full' for it refused the blackbird's last offering and disappeared into the hedge. Yet I have not heard a cuckoo in these parts this year. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 10th Jun 2018 - 04:49PM   Posted by Fennie   Cuckoo? Comments: 6

Withy Brook's Avatar Interesting - I wonder....

Posted by: Withy Brook on 10th Jun 2018 at 08:26PM

Fennie's Avatar There now appear to be two cuckoos. Is that possible?Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Jun 2018 at 02:16PM

Inthemud's Avatar They must be blackbird fledgings, surely you'd never have 2 baby cuckoos! I have not heard a cuckoo in these parts this year, used to have them in the wood behind us but nothing for past 2 years

Posted by: Inthemud on 11th Jun 2018 at 05:37PM

Camilla's Avatar Wonder if the chick is a Blackbird Fennie?

My neighbour this morning said she saw a fledgling Jackdaw on her window sill last night she was afraid to put her cat out in case cat killed bird, my Patch has been hearing something out near our garden at night lately going crazy trying to get whatever it is ... Just hope he doesn't kill the cat and the bird !

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Jun 2018 at 11:00PM

Fennie's Avatar They may be blackbirds - but if so why only two and why are they bigger than the parent bird and why the mottled breast?Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Jun 2018 at 01:01PM

Camilla's Avatar Sure it's not a Mistle Thrush Fennie, aren't Thrushes a cousin of the Blackbirds?Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 12th Jun 2018 at 05:08PM

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