Have you ever seen Cuckoo on a cone?
Q A colleague emailed me this photo with a few others of what I think is a young female Cuckoo, unusually perched on a traffic cone! The pic was taken at Upper Heyford, where the Highways Agency use the old runway for motorway simulation work. Having not seen as good a photo as this before, I thought I’d get in touch and seek your second opinion. Rick Bourne A This is definitely a young Cuckoo, although we’d hesitate to declare that it’s a female. Juvenile Cuckoos are somewhat variable in their plumage, and telling the sexes apart by sight is almost impossible. Cuckoos are fond of using prominent and isolated perches from which to sing, or to watch for feeding opportunities, but we don’t think we’ve seen one perched on a traffic one before!