[TN-Bird] Yellow-billed Cuckoo s !

  • From: Robbie Lynn Hunsinger <yoooter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 24 May 2020 11:11:30 -0500

Around 9am this morning I heard a Cardinal making a repeated rhythmic sound at the end of his call and another bird seemed to pick it up in mimic. The answering call almost sounded like a small woodpecker working. I looked around to see "the woodpecker" and found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo sitting in my old Maple. It had been chucking a reply to the Cardinal.

I am not sure I have ever been more surprised.

I then saw two birds, maybe Cuckoos, fly over me towards a ripening Mulberry.
I noticed an unusual flight pattern with those tails. I was able to find both of them for a positive ID.

So I have a pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos in my yard in Inglewood!

Any chance they might nest here?
One can hope!

It was fascinating to hear this rhythmic exchange between the Cardinal and Cuckoo. On a side note, there was a very complex and synchronized rhythmic dawn chorus with contributions from our residents birds and now, I suspect, maybe two Cuckoos!

Robbie Hunsinger
Nashville,  TN

In Inglewood, just a block off the river on the Cumberland Bluff
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