Date: 3/14/19 10:02 am
From: 'Steve M. Chorvas' <schorvas...> [osbirds] <osbirds...>
Subject: Re: [osbirds] Robins and RWBs
Black-billed Cuckoo is a long-distance migrant, wintering in South
America. Their migration north is triggered by day-length, not weather
conditions in North America. I think it safe to say that a cuckoo in
New York State at this time of the year is beyond extraordinary.

It is early for Least Bittern, so perhaps you were hearing a Mourning


Steve M. Chorvas
Saugerties, NY

----- Original Message -----
From: <huneked...> [osbirds]
To: <osbirds...>
Sent: 03/14/2019 12:23 PM
Subject: [osbirds] Robins and RWBs

Large flocks of RWBs were up at the barn this morning, and many
robins were flitting about on the open grassy areas. I saw my first
flock of geese yesterday morning when I went to see the eagles, and
this morning there have already been more than a dozen flocks passing
overhead. Saw the adult red tailed hawk a number of times this morning.
They are most liking nest building by now, and should be sitting on eggs
by the end of the month.

Oh, there is a black-billed cuckoo calling endlessly in the brush near
the creek. I had my field glasses with me, but I could not spot this
bird. If I got too close it got quiet, resumed if I was very quiet for
a few minutes, but I still couldn't pin point what shrub it was in, and
saw no movement. Definitely the black-billed cuckoo, though. The only
movement I did see in that brushy area were juncos scurrying about.

Dorian Huneke

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