Bird Sightings

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Some birds are not uncommon in other parts of the country or around our coasts, but may be in Buckinghamshire.  If you want to see just how scarce a particular species is then take a look at the Bucks List.

Cuckoo Breeding at Little Marlow GP

Cuckoos have bred at Little Marlow on several occasions over recent years. There is obvious concern at the decline of this species in the UK. This year we were fortunate that a nest was identified (initially by Simon Ramm) by the calls of the young bird as it begged for food, the bird being unseen.  A watch was kept on the nest site and on 6th July Alan Stevens had spotted the juvenile Cuckoo perched close to the edge of the bush in which we presumed the nest to be (the bush is partly in a reed bed).  A few birders and other locals managed to see the individual before it moved overnight into much taller trees nearby and was subsequently harder to see.

The young bird remained within 50 metres of the nest site for at least eight days after fledging. Apparently Reed Warblers typically continue to feed young Cuckoos for 2-3 weeks after fledging (per BWP).

The following photos were taken on 14th July about 40 metres from the nest site with the host Reed Warblers still working hard to feed the oversized flegling. (Click on image to see full size).

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The juvenile Cuckoo looking more confident. (photo copyright Helaine Cadman)

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These two photos show the huge size difference between the Cuckoo and it’s hosts! (photos copyright Helaine Cadman)

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The following video was taken on 6th July by Simon Fielder who just happen to be passing by!  If you watch for a short while you will see the Cuckoo being fed by it’s Reed Warbler hosts.  Note that the bird was well hidden hence the video only being of it’s head.  The Cuckoo hardly moved, letting the Reed Warblers do all of the work!

We can only hope this youngster will manage to return to Little Marlow next year and continue with the breeding success.