An Irma Evacuee?

As I was refilling the feeders this afternoon, some movement in the tree-tops caught my attention.  It was a bird that I had never seen before in my backyard.

Up in the canopy of leaves, he was darn near impossible to get a clear picture of, but I fired off some shots with the hopes that I would at least get a good enough photo to identify this new-to-me visitor.

Once I had transferred the pictures from my camera to my computer, I enlisted my hubby’s help in the id process.  The first step was to call out the characteristics…like buff belly with a yellow beak…

…bigger than a Blue Jay with a Hawkish oval-decorated tail…

…brownish gray back…

…enjoys dining on caterpillars.

With the help of whatbird.com, we found out that our never-before-seen guest was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo bird!  Now, to me, that name has a rare and exotic ring to it, and since I had never seen one before (or even heard of one before) I thought perhaps this was an Irma evacuee.  But alas, with a little extra research, we found out that this bird is found throughout the whole eastern half of the United States during the summer months.

I tried using my telepathic powers to entice him to venture to a closer branch and then to pause and pose for me (channeling my inner aqua man…whom I did have a crush on as a young girl…okay, so I still have a crush on him…) but it would appear that my mental telepathy skills are as lacking as the rest of my mental faculties.

Even though he kept his distance, I thoroughly enjoyed having a Yellow-billed Cuckoo for a visitor…

…and I promised him a plentiful supply of caterpillars if he would return. 🙂

 

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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15 Responses to An Irma Evacuee?

  1. jmcheney says:

    “Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!” How very special! I have lived in the eastern half of the US most of my long life, & I have never seen one either. Still haven’t, but I’ll sure be on the lookout!

  2. de Wets Wild says:

    Always a thrill when you can make a new tick in your garden bird list, isn’t it Kathy!?

  3. 1nmbirder says:

    Nice find! These birds are tough to see much less photograph. Lucky you!

  4. Sheila Moss says:

    Great photos, I think. Never heard of these birds before, but you seem to attract them all.

  5. Quite a find! Lovely series of photos, thanks for sharing.

  6. What a honor to receive such a visitor! Beautiful

  7. Sue says:

    Great photos, Kathy. I’ve only seen them from afar, and they seem to be very secretive and skulk through the vegetation. So, pat yourself on the back, because you got some terrific looks at him/her.

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