Gathan Beaga

Shining Cuckoo

R and I have started hearing Shining Cuckoos (Pupiwharauroa). Well maybe they’ve been here since my earlier post in October, but we didn’t notice any until one quiet weekend afternoon when B₂ was in bed. I heard the distinctive whistling call that our bird-expert friend Phil had imitated for us a couple months previously. I looked up at R: she had heard the same thing was was thinking the same as me.

Now I’m tuned in to the distinctive call I hear them about once or twice a week. I wonder if I’ll actually see any though: they do seem considerably rarer locally than the Grey Warbler…