This is why, in the southern US, cuckoos are known as rain crows. I hadn't made the connection to the cow-row call as part of the possible derivation of that name before! On the evening of July 11-a pitch-dark evening with a thundershower lowering,-they were remarkably noisy, both sitting in
There’s a delightful old paper by Gerald Thayer describing the mid-summer, mid-night, mid-sky gyrations of the Black-billed Cuckoo, as noted by my father and me for three consecutive seasons in the southwestern corner of New Hampshire: ”Several years before we discovered the nocturnal-flight
While a different species, the British Trust for Ornithology has done some fascinating work on Common Cuckoo migration. Individuals were already moving south in the first half of June (a month earlier than anticipated). Take a look at the link below.
Hi all, I just heard a YELLOW-BILLED CI|UCKOO high over my house at 10:50 this evening -- giving the long K'OW K'OW call series. thanks for all the info and anecdotes on mid-summer calling in cuckoos, I am aware of the odd mid-summer calling and I have heard (mostly BBCU} on warm summer
I've been recording and then hand browsing most nights this spring. Even on crummy nights with drizzle or light north winds, at least one Black-billed Cuckoo vocalized each night. Total Black-billed Cuckoo calls (some are duplicate birds heard calling twice as they pass over, once distant and