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 Dove?
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.