Flycatcher and cuckoo ID question

To: 'COG-L' <>
Subject: Flycatcher and cuckoo ID question
From: Steve Read <>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 06:18:46 +0000

At Bendora Arboretum this morning, Lach and I saw a female flycatcher feeding a cuckoo high in the canopy. At the time,iIdentification was Satin Flycatcher and Brush Cuckoo, but female flycatchers are not easy and Lach’s photos showed pale grey under the tail so the flycatcher was entered on eBird as Satin/Leaden. The speckled back of the cuckoo and its size suggested Brush not Fantailed. Any advice on these identifications welcome – photos are at


By the way, this is evidence of breeding. Of the posisble codes (Carrying Food for flycatcher, Feeding Young for flycatcher, Recently Fledged Young for cuckoo), I presume the latter is the only sensible code to enter?





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