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Black-billed Cuckoo - Cochran Shoals National Recreation Area --Atlanta, GA

This juvenile Black-billed Cuckoo made the Rare Bird Alert this morning here in GA. Dr. Koziara (geno K) called me from along side the Chattahoochee River where this bird was perched in a leaf denuded River Birch to let me know the bird was there.

 

I hopped into my Mercedes and off I went to North Atlanta. By pure luck, I ran into Gene as well as famed Atlanta birder, Patty McLean ---and later Bruce Hallett. Patty walked me to exactly where the bird was hanging out.

 

The River Birch had no leaves because of all the Caterpillars that devoured them..... in turn, the Cuckoo was devouring the Caterpillars!!!! Ain't nature grand??!!!

 

I hate all the distracting branches---but, hey, as Bruce said---THIS is a Black-billed Cuckoo-- VERY RARE for Georgia.

 

Note, the juvenile has what Sibley's calls a pale greenish orbital ring--- looks kinda yellow to me!!!!

 

The mature bird has a RED orbital ring..

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Taken on September 7, 2011