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Cuckoos, Holne Moor
Cuckoos, Holne Moor 20 May 2012

After a late arrival the cuckoos seem to be doing well on Dartmoor – there are at least three males and 2 females around Venford Reservoir. They are very wary birds and often difficult to watch but one evening I sketched this male perched at the top of conifers for over an hour. It was joined in the tree tops by a wing-waving willow warbler and a meadow pipit.


Cuckoos, Holne Moor
Cuckoos, Holne Moor 08 July 2009

I have been on a mission for the last week attempting to see a cuckoo lay an egg in a meadow pipit nest. No easy task as the actual laying takes just a few seconds.

Listen to the Radio 4 Living World programme on Cuckoos broadcast in August 2009.


Juvenile Cuckoos at Venford, Dartmoor
Juvenile Cuckoos at Venford, Dartmoor 28 July 2008

The first juvenile was seen at the end of June and I first caught up with it on 4th July.