Gathan Beaga

Shining Cuckoo

Becky 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 Bella 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 Becky: 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…