Sunday June 3rd had us discover the 69th bird to visit our backyard. It was a cool morning so I opened the kitchen window to listen to the birds while I made coffee. Suddenly I heard the unmistakable call of a Black-billed Cuckoo right outside our kitchen window. I looked out the window, had a glimpse of the bird and dashed for the camera. I open the back door and am about to step outside when all of my Pigeon pals come rushing to the back of the house. They're happy to see their human friend who they think has come to feed them. The Pigeons ended up spooking the Cuckoo and I watched it fly off, over the houses. So no record photo of this bird to share.
Here is a Cuckoo of the same species I saw in my travels last year around this time of year in High Park.
They are skulky birds and can be difficult to find, often heard more than seen.
I did not expect a new yard bird as migration is over now but these birds do nest near us so why not, eh?
It's another cool morning, once again the window is open. Coffee is on. My ears are open and the Pigeons have been fed. Ya, as if it will be that easy.
Til next time.