I first heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo on the 17th, but it had not made
the "kddow Kddow" call. Just single notes, and not very loud. Listening
to the calls of both Black-billed and Yellow-billed I determined it was
a Yellow-billed. The past couple days it has been calling and making
the full call along with the kddow. I worked in my garden most of
today and it was calling off and on the whole time. At 5 O'clock I was
walking the dogs out the driveway and it called out incredibly loud.
It really surprised me, it continued on and on, I could still hear it
when we were up the road, going east on Mt. Pleasant.
After dinner, I went out to finish up in the garden. It must have been
after 8, not quite totally dark yet. Instead of birds, there were frogs
calling. Suddenly I was hearing a peent or peer call, behind me, over
the woods. Just as I realized what it was it must have dove as I heard
the whir sound - a Common Nighthawk! It continued the peer call as it
seemed to go out over the field, or stayed over the woods along the
field flying south, and I heard the whir sound again. The sky was still
kinda light but I could not find it. I did not hear it again.
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