OWLS & OTHERS FROM THE NORTH SHORE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE USA

I'm an avid birder and nature photographer wishing to share some of my sightings & images taken while out in the "wilds" of Cape Ann and surrounding New England countryside. More images can be found on my web site at New England Birds Plus Enjoy, Phil Brown


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Parker River NWR - Oct. 24, 2011

I had the great pleasure of stumbling on a small group of people that were watching this Yellow-billed Cuckoo as it rested and foraged along the edge of the North Pool on the Parker River NWR.


A brief video showing just how much work goes into eating a caterpillar which is a large part of the Cuckoos diet.


There's no mistaking how this bird acquired it's name. This is one of the brighter Cuckoos I've seen.


The Caterpillar loses it's bristles before the Cuckoo tosses it down the hatch.


Another bug the Cuckoo quickly found and ate.


and lastly a close up of the bill and that very yellow eye-ring.