The Clock Bird

Yesterday morning I explored a relatively new location, the Marais des Cygnes NWR in east-central Kansas. This place is about a half hour from my home in Missouri and is mostly known for the bird inventory during the spring and fall migrations. Being summer, I wasn’t sure what would be there, but thought I’d give […]

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That Evasive, Nutty Bird!

… the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus), that is. Ever since my first spring kayak outing of the year, I’ve been looking for the elusive Yellow-billed Cuckoo. I’ve often heard their staccato clatter from the treetops, but only seen one or two as they fly to a tree … and at a distance. Well, yesterday’s kayak […]

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What Time Is It? (Re-post)

(This post originally published in September 2010) Let’s ask the Cuckoo bird! During one of my last kayak outings, I had another Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) fly in and land in an overhead branch. These birds, although not often seen due to their shyness, are really an interesting bird to be able to watch. In […]

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During my late spring visit to the Texas’ Rio Grande River Valley area, I was able to photograph several “life” birds. Today’s post includes some images I was able to capture of one such bird, the Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris) The Ani family is similar, but unrelated, to the Grackles. Instead, they are in the […]

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Repost)

(This post was originally published in June 2010) A couple of days ago, during one of my kayak outings, I was fortunate to see a couple of Yellow-billed Cuckoos (Coccyzus americanus) up close. Normally, these handsome birds are quite shy and more often heard than seen. This is one of the things I love about […]

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