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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Cuckoo chick evicts the eggs

Cuckoo chick, 22nd June 2013 (Davey Farrar).

We have been following the fortunes of the Meadow Pipit nest in East Kerry, in which a Cuckoo has laid an egg. It hatched within 12 days, just before the Meadow Pipit chicks. Today, at just a couple of days old, blind and featherless, it has instinctively pushed out the Meadow Pipit eggs. Alone in the nest, it has ensured that it will now get all the food. More soon...

...and some video of the chick today, 23rd June (Davey Farrar).