Aha, maybe my question has been answered. We have a Blackbird nesting in our entertainment area.
On checking whilst the parents were away, I found 3 eggs. Left to their job of hatching said eggs, I was later very surprised to see on one chick came to pass, and it was huge.
I assumed it was a Cuckoo and was even more sure when, after it had flown, I heard what sounded like a Cuckoo late at night a few days later. The Blackbirds came back a raised another set of 3 and the chicks were the size I'd expect.
The last one to go, nearly didn't make it. Being the 'runt' of the set, he didn't have to strength to fly to the back hedge were mum was calling him and he came to earth in front of my Cavalier dog.
Now Jack is so soft, he wouldn't hurt a fly. Well that's a lie, he loves to catch and eat them but anyway, he cornered to chick, Mum went wild and got me on my feet. Never heard such a din. I rescued said chick and put it back in the nest. Next day same thing happened but this time I opened the garage door and let the chick take cover in the front yard bushes where mother found him, etc, etc. Presumably, he/she survived.
Mum is now back on her nest with another set of 3 eggs, and life goes on.
FWIW, Jack cornered a Sparrow the other day and licked it to death, poor thing. Other than being very wet, there wasn't a mark on it.
That's a fantastic set of photos Doug.
And thanks everyone for letting me know there are cuckoos here, although I haven't heard it since.
I'm still not sure if it was a cuckoo, but it sure wasn't a blackbird.
Originally Posted by flossybeth