For the past few years I’ve heard and seen the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, but I never managed to get a photo of the bird!
They have a very distinctive sound and once you know it you won’t ever forget it…
The other night I heard one in my backyard and I finally spotted it flying around, but it was so high up in the leaves at the top of the trees that I wasn’t able to get a good photo.
Then, last night I went out to check on my green bean plants and I heard a couple of birds fluttering around in the tops of the trees. I ran to get my camera and binoculars and sure enough there were a couple of Yellow-billed Cuckoos foraging around in the trees!
This time I was able to get a photo!
See how yellow its bill is. Now look below to see the Black-billed Cuckoo I saw in New England.
They look so very similar! But other than the bill color, the Yellow-billed Cuckoo does have a bit of rusty red coloring on its wings (though I didn’t see that in my photos).
Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!