Cuckoos in the nest

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

3 thoughts on “Cuckoos in the nest

  1. “Chuckle” Thank you Jo!

    I have started the post. However the current rate of weed growth in our potential summer vegetables meant I just had to go and do some weeding & thinning or we would be following Tweetil’s example and eating unsuitable weedy vegetable matter all summer instead of beautiful tomatoes etc. Hope to finish the post later today.


  2. Good grief! I understand that Great Aunt Hashtag is concerned about the Tweetlets, but she is not the parent. I would like to invite her to visit and read some of the recent transcripts from #gtchat on Twitter. There are many wonderful folks who are homeschooling their gifted children. Sometimes, it is just the best place for them. They have a lifetime ahead of them to meet and socialize with other Twitter birds. Maybe Tweet and Retweet need to suggest to her that this is a lovely time of the year to go on a cruise; a very long cruise. Just sayin’ …

    • I completely agree Lisa!Homeschooling is an excellent choice for educating gifted children! It allows them to work at their own pace and at the level and depth they need. And there are plenty of opportunities to socialise with people of all ages and build friendships. It should not cause concerns but some like Great Aunt Hashtag just don’t get it!
      A very long cruise for Great Aunt Hashtag sounds like a great suggestion!

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