Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Cuckoo in the lighthouse garden

We have seen a few cuckoos this year on the Isle of May but quite often all they do is just fly past. But yesterday this juvenile was in the Lighthouse garden. It showed very well to the visitors though the scope while it fed on caterpillars. Many commented that they have heard them but never seen one.

The adults are a uniform grey colour. The juveniles are brown and barred on the upper parts. This is good camouflage as you can see with these pictures.

Can you see it?

Cuckoos are just one of the species that can be seen on the Isle of May that migrate through the island in the spring and autumn. Bird migration has been studied on the island since 1907. The bird observatory is the oldest in Scotland.

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