The Bird Nuts, thank you so much. I have been going through the entire list of common West Virginia birds, and for some reason I kept skipping over the Cuckoos. I guess I thought they were more western US birds. I’ve never seen one before, or at least not close enough to know I was seeing a species new to me. And you might not believe this, but I am sitting on my back porch and was listening to yellow-billed cuckoo sounds on my bird app, and as I’m typing this, there is a cuckoo sitting on a branch about 10 feet from me!! Robin sized bird, bright yellow bill, brown bars over white on the underside of tail feathers. I can’t believe it. And the sound is down so low on my phone and I have jazz playing much louder in the background. Did it hear me playing the calls? Did it know I was writing a message about it? Does it like Stan Getz? ?
Not only did you help me identify this call I’ve been trying to identify (and driving my wife crazy about) all summer, but while I’m replying to you I get to see one up close. I can’t thank you enough.
And what’s funny to me is that I kept telling my wife that maybe it’s a morning sound a raven or crow makes that we just haven’t heard before, and I just saw that “rain crow” and “storm crow” are nicknames for the yellow-billed cuckoo.
Thank you again. I’m so stoked I found this forum.