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Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

This Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) was a spectacular surprise for me this morning after a night of strong passerine migration. Cuckoos are not that uncommon, but getting actually decent and prolonged glimpses at them are! This cooperative bird even let me snap a couple of recognizable photos.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo SFP 9-16-15-0015

Yellow-billed Cuckoo SFP 9-16-15-0024-2

It was much more interested in feeding, albeit in the shade of the bright morning sun, than worrying about me watching it. What are some of the highlights of your “fall” birding so far? We are finally saying goodbye to many of our summer birds, on the cusp of welcoming some of those wintering species we may have not seen in months.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator