The Cuckoo

An interesting article in today’s Telegraph about the cuckoo. The bird is not native to this country it originates in Africa and flies here in the spring and returns to the African continent for most of the year.

As the missus and I were having our elevenses she said “I wonder why the cuckoo flies from Africa to here just to lay it’s eggs, what is so special about the British Isles”. This set me thinking in my normal warped way.

Now let’s look at this from a human perspective.

The bird does not live here and is an immigrant.

It comes here and finds a ready FREE nest to lay it’s eggs in; resulting in the native bird population to raise the cuckoos brood.

The bird gets free food while it is here.

The cuckoo’s only contribution to the economy of the bird population is that it is very vociferous and you can hear its cuckoo for miles as it rants about something or other.

The nestling destroys the native bird chicks and takes everything free from its host.

My how humans from other countries have copied that model here in the UK.

See we can learn from nature.

Author: ricksrant

I am perfect, well I think so and I am never wrong so it must be true.

12 thoughts on “The Cuckoo”

  1. Spousal unit has a basenji, not a dog that I particularly like, it does not react with humans at all, it comes from the Eastern Congo originally.
    It takes and gives nothing back.
    As I am rather fond of saying to its owner, “Nothing good ever came out of Africa!”
    (except elephants, and I’d rather keep them for week than a fortnight!)

  2. CO: when I was younger I had a number of penpals. Some of them were in Ghana. What
    I most remember about them was the inevitability that they wanted something from me —
    money, clothes, CDs, etc. One even went so far as, without prior consideration to my thoughts
    on the matter, to send me an old 100 cedi note claiming that I should send him 30 quid for it.
    It wasn’t worth a quid. Ever since then I’ve had a very low regard for Ghana. I’ve also known some exceptional people from the continent, one from Kenya — beautiful, intelligent, funny, and sincere.
    I’ve known some from Cameroon who I’ve quite liked. I still think that the Rhodies get an unfairly bad reputation.

  3. I haven’t heard a cuckoo since my return to England … 9 years in December.

  4. Christopher – My experiences exactly. Some wonderful, genuine, sincere people and some like the manager I sacked after $2,000 of the company’s money disappeared into the ‘pokies’ (slot machines). I had an email from him last July begging for financial help to get back to his home island. I’ve been retired for ten years FFS!


  5. We heard cuckoos the other week in Hampshire. Lovely sound, so they are around.

    I think the interlopers are not just from Africa, the whole world seems to realise we are a soft touch, or soft in the head.

  6. Birds are a law unto themselves and come and go as they please. No international borders for these chaps.

    I love to hear cuckoos.

  7. OZ: Yes, quite… Was that in Australia?
    The most difficult part of dealing with Africans is the inconsistency.
    In China one knows what to expect and how to prepare for it.
    In Africa that’s not quite the case. I should have also mentioned that
    my lack of desire to be treated as a chequebook for a complete
    stranger resulted in my receiving a string of increasingly
    vulgar emails.

  8. Christopher – No, certainly not. The manager was marooned in Port Moresby, PNG, and was trying to get back to Losuia in the Trobriand Islands. We had paid him well when he worked for us and it was his own fault.

    The problem is one of culture and outlook.


  9. Understand where you are coming from.
    Bunch of parasites, the boy had several ‘friends’ from Africa in his dept at Brum, most owed him money which I made no attempt to collect and in fact gave them various possessions of his as I knew he would want them to have. He felt sorry for them, I honoured his wishes, not mine!
    I don’t mind that kind of thing, what seriously galls me is that they then want to be treated as equals!
    No, sorry! But no, equals contribute equally, or at least do something!
    The whole damned lot of them are cuckoos in the nest in the UK.

  10. I’m not sure that your judgements recognise the human determination to survive. Migration is easy if you have the means but it must be a nightmare if you don’t; so it must be a last resort – to escape to wealthier places. The UK can hardly blame people for trying to experience its imperial culture – having preached its superiority for centuries. But don’t reduce people’s beahviour to a matter of bad manners. The UK invented those too – good and bad.

  11. Lobinho and CO:
    That’s precisely it.One could possibly sympathise with those who have had to deal with difficult situations.
    I know one woman, for example, who should have a comfortable pensioner’s life but has to keep working. Her husband abandoned her and their three small children. She had to work to support them on her own, hence her inability to put aside enough money in her younger years. Then again, she’s being responsible and not demanding that others help her…

    Beggars can not only not be choosers, they can’t be equals. Equality requires, well, balance. Either that both sides owe each other similar debts or that both sides owe each other nothing. My experiences with east Asians and northern Europeans have shown that to be very much true. We meet, we go to a cafe, and we pay our own bills. If one pays for both it is expected that later the favour will be returned.

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