Thursday, February 18, 2010

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

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My Camera Critter this week is the Yellow Billed Cuckoo. To see more cute critters go
and visit Misty Dawn's Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty Dawn for hosting Camera Critters.

This is one of my cool summer visitors, seen in the woods next to my house. According to my field guide they are a common woodland cuckoo and they like to be near outreaks of tent caterpillars.








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49 comments:

Leora said...

Because of the angle, I feel your presence in the photos. Did you have to strain your neck? Wonderful captures. Is the cuckoo moving his neck and looking at us?
"caterpillars" -yum to them, I guess.

SquirrelQueen said...

I've never seen one of these before, he is a very interesting little fellow.

A piece of news said...

It's nice to see a photo of a warm day and a warm bird!

KaHolly said...

Excellent! A Yellow-billed Cuckoo would be a lifer for me! Look out tent caterpillars! ~karen

Carver said...

I love these shots. What an interesting little bird that is.

rainfield61 said...

I can feel your excitement. It is always so good to get what we want.

Stine in Ontario said...

How very cool. I've never seen one before. But I HAVE seen plenty of tent caterpillars!

My Nature Note post is here:

http://coloringwithlight24.blogspot.com/2010/02/purple-finch-nature-notes.html

jabblog said...

Very nice shots. His bill certainly is a strong shade of yellow!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What fun and nice images of an equally delightful bird~

Denise said...

Such a fascinating little bird and you got some great photos of it. Thanks Eileen, I've enjoyed my visit.

Diane AZ said...

Fabulous! I've never seen one before, but I see the resemblance to the roadrunner, also a cuckoo.

ρομπερτ said...

Rarely seen photographies of birds that nice, even without sound.

Please have a wonderful Friday.

ksdoolittle said...

What a pretty little bird. I've never seen a cuckoo before, but I know we have one here in the NE US. Thanks for sharing your photos! ~ks

Jeanne said...

Eileen, I love your photo of the Cuckoo. Birds are so hard to capture with a camera. Good job.

Hugs, Jeanne

walk2write said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Great pics! Cuckoos are interesting to me because of their prevalence in literature. It was due to their curious habit of letting other species raise their young for them. Writers used to think it was pretty funny to compare a man with an adulterous wife to the hapless bird left to raise the cuckoo's babies. I'm not quite sure I see the humor, though, in making fun of the poor guy...

Natural Moments said...

I have never had the pleasure to see one before. Thanks for bringing this species to my attention. Maybe I will be lucky enough to see one this spring.

MyMaracas said...

I hate to admit this, but I didn't know that cuckoos were real birds. This one seems to be as curious about you as you are of him. Thanks for sharing!

Elaine said...

Very nice! This is a new bird for me.

Spiderdama said...

Very nice bird and shot. Great blue sky!

Monika said...

Now that is a bird I would love to see!

diane said...

Lovely shots of the cuckoo. I've only ever seen them in a clock. hee hee hee

Elaine said...

Eileen, come by my blog. I've got an award for you.

Cezar and Léia said...

You did a fabulous set of pictures!Adorable bird and wow I liked a lot the colours!
purrs and love
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very interesting bird. I don't think I've seen one in the wild. Or maybe I did and didn't recognize it.

Valerie said...

I've never seen one of those! Great photos!
Beautiful bird!

Misty Dawn said...

How AWESOME! What a cute bird! I've never seen a cuckoo in 'real life', only in pictures (and clocks hehe).

Carletta said...

Count me as one who's never seen one. It's nice to have your wonderful shots to identify them.
Great header shot!
Mine’s here: Carletta’s Captures.

Tes said...

Hello Eileen, I've never seen one before. You've taken a good photo of this yellow billed cuckoo, very interesting creature!

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I like how you captured this shot in the midst of the tree. It looks really cool. ~

Captain Shagrat said...

Very ah.... beaky, nice unusual piccy here Eileen, not what I traditionally imagine of a cuckoo

chubskulit said...

You're pretty good in spotting critters Eileen, great shots!

The Flock of Seagull and my family wants to say Happy Weekend!

Joops said...

great shots!

My Camera Critters, happy weekend.

Jane said...

Awesome shots, I love that Summer sound of a Cuckoo. Thanks for sharing Eileen:)

Teena in Toronto said...

So that's what a cuckoo looks like!

I played too :)

eden said...

Such a beautiful captures of the cuckoo. My first time to see that kind of bird. Love all your images

Müge Tekil said...

Another American bird I've never seen in my life before! Lovely! :-)

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Willard said...

Wonderful pictures of a beautiful bird, Eileen!

I have seen them, but not successfully photographed them.

Michael said...

Fab pictures. Don't think I have seen that one before either.

Carolyn Ford said...

Beautiful bird up in that tree! I am so amazed at so many of you who know birds so well! And, capture their beauty so well too...

mick said...

Nice photos of the cuckoos.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Cuckoos! pretty neat birds! I found a nest last year and kept checking it but i left the area too soon to see it hatch. Nice photos, Eileen!

Colin said...

Great shots of a bird I have never seen before. What a great capture. I think I would have been too excited to snap the picture.

Kelly said...

...great photos!! I LOVE cuckoos, but don't get to see them often. Last year I saw them only three times and only got two nice photos. I love the sounds they make as well...

Lana Gramlich said...

Very cool! I envy you your cuckoos!

lisaschaos said...

I have never seen one of these - very neat! Nice catch!!

Larry said...

Very nice captures of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo Eileen. We used to have a Roadrunner on our property when we moved here 30 years ago. All gone now. I miss the Roadrunner.

This Yellow-billed Cuckoo would be a lifer for me. I would love to see one, and hear it too.

NatureFootstep said...

is that a cuckoo? Does not look at all as ours. :)

It has a proud look.

Kyle said...

Wonderful photos, Eileen. We have yellow-billed cuckoos down here in Texas as well, but while I have heard them over and over again I have never gotten a good look at one down here. Which makes your pictures even more impressive, to me.

Happy birding!

happily retired gal said...

Beautiful captures ;-)
I don't think I've ever seen a yellow billed cuckoo before. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,