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Cuckoo | by Tim Melling
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I still seem to have a backlog of Cuckoo images to upload. They seemed to have gone quiet about a week ago but yesterday I chanced upon this obliging bird. I read somewhere that the word "gawky" derived from the word Gawk (or Gowk) which is an alternative name for Cuckoo. Cuckoos certainly do look gawky or clumsy at times but I can find no link between the words. Apparently the Cuckoo name Gowk came via the Vikings from an old Norse word gaukr and is supposedly onomatopoeic, presumably after the wheezy chuckle that Cuckoos make. My etymological dictionary says that Gawky (awkward or stupid) probably comes from a now obsolete verb gawk, meaning to stare vacantly. Well this Cuckoo certainly looked a little gawky trying to land on a too-thin twig and using his wings for balance.

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Taken on May 25, 2020