21st March 1976 - the BBC shows 'The Petersfinger Cuckoos'

cuckoo On 21st March 1976 the BBC aired a ‘World About Us’ documentary called ‘The Petersfinger Cuckoos’. It was a natural history program about cuckoos living around the Petersfinger Lakes near Salisbury[1].

According to the British Universities Film & Video Council catalog:

It follows cuckoos as they pair in the spring after arriving from Central Africa until the departure of their offspring in late summer. These particular cuckoos made use of a colony of reed warblers to raise their young. The details of the egg-laying procedure are seen and the young cuckoos are observed eliminating the competition from the foster parents' own young[2].


[1] The Petersfinger Cuckoos | BFI | BFI, URL: http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b7570666f

[2] Common Cuckoo, The ยท British Universities Film & Video Council, URL: http://bufvc.ac.uk/dvdfind/index.php/title/4144

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