Cuckoos' shameless egg-laying tactics revealed
Great spotted cuckoos lay their eggs while magpie mothers are still sitting on their nests, a study has shown. Cuckoos are known for deceiving other birds into raising their young by depositing their eggs into host nests. It had been thought female cuckoos waited until host birds left the nest before secretively laying their eggs. The scientists, who work at the Universidad de Granada,
planted miniature cameras in 29 magpie (Pica pica) nests in the Hoya de Guadix
plain.Researchers were surprised when they recorded female cuckoos forcing
magpies out of the way as they sat incubating their eggs. BBC; June 30 http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28038684 Spain
About Mercury direct station today , Eric Francis writes
Mercury stations direct at 12:50 UT Tuesday (Jul 1),but we’re in the most interesting and/or challenging part of the retrograde — the last moments before the change of directions. Mercury is slow and powerful right now, with added emphasis. Note that this tricksterish planet is in Gemini, one of the signs that Mercury rules, and the one that most emphasizes the two-sided nature of consciousness. That’s a reminder not to be surprised by surprises, to pay attention for the other side of the story, and to search your own mind for options and possibilities that you may not have noticed before. This effect will become increasingly prominent as the station-direct approaches on Tuesday.
This might have the “truth revealed” effect that Mercury stations are so famous for (or at least that I have observed many times). This may be sly and it may be subtle; the effect may be 100% dependent on mindfulness. Many things are revealed that we tend not to notice. Plenty of highly relevant information bubbles out of the back of consciousness that never gets put to use.
The chart for Mercury direct station at
the research was carried out – is shown here. Notice that it catches a Uranus-Pluto
forming Grand Cross on the angles. Among other things Uranus-Pluto is about
scientific breakthroughs that lead to the collapse of an old way of thinking. The
truth lying hidden (Pluto) is suddenly revealed (Uranus). In this case the truth
revealed is about the trickster cuckoo! Granada,
PS: In a strange coincidence, the Sabian symbol for the current New Moon [6cn] is about “birds feathering their nests” !