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One of the things about living in India (and many other parts of the world!) is there can be a casual impromptu approach to popping over to someone’s home.

The other night was such an evening where my partner bumped into a friend when he was out, so the friend came home to savour a couple single malts, nibbles, music and conversation for a few hours. It was a relaxing, thoroughly enjoyable and completely unplanned evening.

However after he left, we had an unexpected guest… who stayed for the night.

Now that doesn’t normally happen in such an impromptu way and in this case, what was most unusual is our guest was not of the homo sapien variety. Nope! We had what we think was a young pied cuckoo also known as a “Monsoon” or “Courting Cuckoo” as they make their appearance around monsoon and have a distinctive mating call.

A favourite perch!

Try to spot our guest on a favourite perch!

The little fellow initially seemed a bit distressed at having flown into our home. My partner gently caught him and then released him outside… only to have him come right back!

Eventually we decided to let it be. And our guest decided to stay. Flitting around, settled in, and certainly seemed to enjoy perching on top of our bookshelf and art.

We went to sleep…

In the morning, the little one was still there. Greeting me with a cheerful chirp. Flitted around a bit and seemed quite curious about my morning routine.

However it turns out our guest is camera-shy. At the point I grabbed my camera, I managed to get only one shot before it blithely went to our balcony, for only a moment perched on the grill rungs, then flew off!

With nary a thank you for spending the night. I tell you, the manners of house guests these days!

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21 Comments

  1. arranbhansal says:

    Loved this, that’s India for you! I loved travelling in the country and as my family are from Punjab it’s always great to go back…..except when I do the whole village turns out to see me 🙂

  2. Karolyn Cooper says:

    I was so proud today of my blogpost about birdwatching in my Indian garden, and then you go and outdo me with birdwatching in your living room.

  3. The best I can come up with are bats. They do get in every now and again when they get temporarily trapped on the patio. Then all I have to do is open my bedroom window and it’s “welcome to the bat cave!”
    Byt you try taking a pic of those… little buggers are so fast!

  4. Its’ a shame that she didn’t stay for a photo.

  5. Expat Eye says:

    Nobody EVER pops in unannounced in LV – animal or human! 🙂

  6. gkm2011 says:

    You handled it with better humor than me – not a fan or birds or bats in the house!

  7. Glynis Jolly says:

    I’m surprised that you slept, at least very well. I would have been worried about the poor thing all night.

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