|The Great Spotted Cuckoo at Penally|
I finally weakened and feeling up to it drove down to Penally near Tenby in a quest for a Mediterranean visitor. The bird in question was an adult Great Spotted Cuckoo. A spectacular creature which should be in Spain, Portugal or Mediterranean France just now. These are really interesting birds migrating north from Africa in February and laying eggs in the nests of Magpies. Having done that most of the adults have moved back to Africa by June. An extraordinary life history. This visitor to Wales must have lost its bearings and overshot Europe to arrive near Tenby to delight many people birders, golfers and walkers alike.