black-billed cuckoo

Cynthia Edwardson

Good morning,
Yesterday Chris and I stumbled upon a black-billed cuckoo late morning at Grafton Lakes State Park.  We heard a cuckoo like sound and were able to watch the bird foraging in vegetation near the shore of Long Pond, east side, near the beach.  Although I've never seen a juvenile cuckoo, this one struck me as a young bird by its behavior.  Chris managed to get a few photos (two are attached) and it does appear to be a juvenile bird based on characteristics described in the National Geographic bird guide.  I welcome differing opinions.

We were also surprised by the number of red-breasted nuthatches we saw and heard on our hike, at least 12.  

Looking forward to cooler temperatures and Fall migration.

Cindy and Chris Edwardson

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