Here's the Cuckoo from mid-June that I enjoyed watching so much. The perch he is on was originally 40 or 50 feet in front of me. I noticed that he liked to perch on a dead Hawthorn laying on the grass opposite so I decided to put an alternative for him to land on. Eventually after several hours of watching over a few days, he decided to use it. Then when he left I moved it a foot nearer and then on every visit, I moved it a foot nearer until, after 15 days or so it was just where I wanted it... right in front and in perfect light.
It would be hard to describe the excitement and feeling when eventually he landed in front of me. It took me 4 years of thinking and planning to get to this point and there he was at last. I've called him "my bird" a few times and taken some real stick from people for doing that but when you have spent so much time with an individual bird, watched him, studied him, learned his behaviour and kept records of when he was there and when he wasn't and how his behaviour changed depending on the weather, thats bbound to be the way you feel. If it was wet and windy he reacted in a totally different way, when it was bright and sunny that dictaed a whole different behaviour. So yes, I felt possesive about the bird but as well, I was really happy to tell people about him. I even took people with me to see him and got wet eyed when I saw they were excited to see him. On other ocassions I left my seat to creap down to the car park to show peole the bird and they were thrilled to watch him with me. It is my true and honest opinion that the bird was constantly at this site because I had got him used to a human presence, I may be wrong but I think I am correct.