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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cuckoo chase!

For the past few days I have been trying to convince myself that there is a rufous or brown morph Cuckoo present in the bushes surrounding the western end of the Lagoon. There have certainly been two Cuckoos and at times I have been convinced there has been a third. 
This morning as I was on my early morning recce I was suddenly aware of two Cuckoos chasing each other. One was calling and flew along the spit towards the Little Lagoon and the other disappeared. However I  soon noticed a bird in a hawthorn and as I approached cautiously it was indeed a very rufous coloured Cuckoo. I approached cautiously and with a little stealth was able to get a decent view and some photographs....

Initially a bit distant.

...but with care, I nailed it!

For comparison the 'standard' male Cuckoo

This bird has been present for some time, no doubt attracted by an endless supply of Brown Tail Moth Caterpillars.

A pair of Whitethroats were very busy feeding nestlings in a patch of bramble/nettles where a couple of weeks ago, I noted nest building activities.

 The Coots nest had survived the heavy overnight rain

...whilst a Heron fished nearby.

Another good morning!

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