Sorry for the delay in posting part 3 of the story. At the third time of asking the female Cuckoo came in again and settled on the ground but this time would not be moved - she was on the ground for about 5 minutes and resisted all attempts at buzzing her off. She left in her own time and i was amazed to see that she was carrying a Meado Pipit egg in her bi;; so I guees that really cofirms that she must have deposited her own egg in the Pipit's nest.
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Brilliant photos Bob, capturing the moment perfectly.
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In reply to Nigel O:
Nigel O said:I'm with Tony, I've never actually seen a Cuckoo removing an egg like that. I wonder if she's going to eat it, otherwise I would have thought she would have dumped it immediately rather than carry it away.
I wouldn't be surprised if she ate it - its good rich food and nothing that a Corvid wouldn't do.
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