Greater Spotted Cuckoo: So far this year my twitching days have been few and far between so when this little cracker came through on BirdGuides I was ready to go!
We were not waiting long before the bird was picked up roosting in a distant tree, people commented on how ropy the bird was looking but after a warm up in the early morning sun and evading the local Magpies the bird decided to take off and fly right past us, giving us all some superb views.
We relocated the Cuckoo almost instantly in a much better place sitting in full view. We watched it roosting and preening for a good while when the bird made its move and flew off to feed on the ground.
So perhaps earlier that morning when we first saw it the bird was just looking tired and cold, I could definitely sympathies as I was certainly feeling tired and cold.
Glaucous Gull: This beast on the hill was spotted by the eagle eyes of Kinghorn as when we first arrived we followed some shocking directions and ended up walking the wrong way!
Very good indeed.