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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Posted on May 21, 2016

The ghosts of the forest, the cuckoos are as tough to actually see as any bird of their size and habitat can be. They may be all around us but they move so silently and sit perfectly still to elude detection, even at eye level. For a bird as apparently common as they are they certainly know how to keep a low and hidden profile. This Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) was one a few that I heard yesterday, and these were the best shots I could manage before this bird vanished again.

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I heard at least 10 Black-billed Cuckoos but saw only one as it flew from one tree to another while calling. I moved towards it with my camera ready but…gone.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator