- Common Cuckoo - обыкновенная кукушка
view large, please - it's an uncropped picture. I went for a bicycle ride in the forest south of Akademgorodok and heard a cuckoo. I stopped to look for it and noticed another one sitting in no more than 10 m from me, staring at me. I then saw the one I'd heard at first, perched on a willow nearby, and yet another one further to my right. I sat down on the road with my camera, and one of the cuckoos landed very close to me, then flew around me, then sat on a tall birch stump; I watched it feed - every now and then it would jump down to the ground or fly to the trunks of birches nearby to catch bugs and worms, but stayed very close to me. The sun was setting, but I was still able to take several pictures. I'm starting to get a feeling that cuckoos like me for some reason - they're said to be secretive and elusive birds and I've been seeing them a lot lately!