Friday, October 28, 2011
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Finds Me
This happens a lot. I go for a period of time that seems like forever not seeing a bird that I want to see. Then, once I see it the first time, I just keep seeing it again and again. This was the case with the Blue Grosbeak. I kept looking for that bird and now in a short span of time, I have seen it four times. Each time it looked different, but that is for another post.
I have now seen this bird twice and its behaviour was very different both times. I wonder how many times one has to see a bird to really develop an understanding of its habits. Fortunately, the field markings of this bird are so distinct that there was no mistaking it for anything other than what it was. Yet, if this had been one of those confusing fall warblers that look so much alike, I would have been convinced that it had to have been two different birds because of its location and behaviour.
I continued my walk up the hill and this great bird led the way for a long time until it finally branched off onto a secondary trail at the Cape.
Nope, I didn't see a Lapland Longspur and still look forward to that opportunity but my morning definitely was not dull.