Meanwhile back at the Tweet family nest Tweet and Retweet had made the bold decision not to send the Tweetlets to FLOCK Ed but to continue to use NEST Ed and were now defending their decision to disapproving friends and family.
The Tweets had engaged me to provide some mentoring to Tweetelle for her artistic pursuits and we were busily trying to create a Twitter Bird Advent calendar and some other gifts for the Christmas/holiday season.
And Tweetil was investigating his hypothesis that eating fermented beans and other vegetable matter would provide sufficient power to provide him with rocket propulsion. The results of his experiments were an upset tummy and a foul smelling, greeny brown cloud surrounding the nest.
Of course it was at this moment that Great Aunt Hashtag paid a visit with the intention of persuading the Tweets to send the Tweetlets to the local flock so that they would become normalised and socialised!
“I swear these Tweetlets of yours get stranger every time I see them!” scolded Great Aunt Hashtag. “Are you sure they are not cuckoo chicks? But it would certainly be very unfortunate to have TWO cuckoo chicks in one nest. They say ‘The Cuckoo never strikes the same nest twice’.”
“No, they are definitely not cuckoo chicks! I didn’t ever leave the nest for long enough for a cuckoo to come and replace one of my eggs. I was quite paranoid about it! Tweet always brought food to me and minded the nest himself if I had to step out” replied Retweet.
But mentally she was conceding that she had wondered the same thing herself sometimes. Her Tweetlets were so different from those of her friends that they might have been put in her nest not just by cuckoos but by aliens!
Retweet had already decided that it could be useful to attend a meeting of Cuckoo Strike Parent Survivors who had managed to rear a cuckoo chick despite the tragedy and disruption to their own nest in the hope that she might learn some strategies for raising her Tweetlets.
Listening in on their conversation I remembered an excellent SerendipEd Fine Focus webinar given by Jo Hart titled A cuckoo free Twitter nest which discussed precautions to take to avoid problems with sp*m, ph*shing and h*cking of your Twitter account. The recording is posted on Jo Hart’s E-verything blog at http://johart1.edublogs.org/2012/10/08/edublogs-webinar-overview-a-cuckoo-free-twitter-nest/