Good news, foliage free ....... bad news, still very distant for my lens.
They are however cracking birds to be blessed with on the reserve and in greater numbers than last year.
We certainly have one female and at least three males on site.
What is their relationship ..... any pair bonding ?....they don't build nests and don't feed their chicks, absent parents.
As is my wont I now digress ....... the word '' cuckold '' historically, from as early as 1250, referred to a husband with an adulterous wife and is still often used with this meaning. In evolutionary biology, the term cuckold is also applied to males who are unwittingly investing parental effort in offspring that are not genetically their own.
However you look at it, Cuckoos are intriguing birds !.