|One of my first shots was a yellow-billed cuckoo! According to allaboutbirds.org, this is a very secretive bird.|
Most people only hear them, so I was elated to get this one and only image.
They eat large insects and some berries and seeds.
They work a caterpillar back and forth between the bill, possibly to remove hairs, before swallowing.
They develop very quickly—17 days from egg laying until fledging.
Both parents build the nest, incubate the eggs, and brood equally during the day. The male takes the night shift.
These birds like open woodlands with clearings, and dense, scrubby vegetation near water.
Listed as endangered in California where development is disrupting the areas in which it likes to live.
|A pair of eastern bluebirds|
|Red-winged blackbird, female|
|Top of levee|
|Behind the levee|