To Lisa and list,
We were still hearing the Cuckoo as recently as Wednesday (November 2nd),
and we plan to walk at dusk tonight to see if it's still calling. It was very
skittish on Wednesday evening, finally becoming quiet when we made too much
noise, then moving to another area of the woods where I recorded its call.
Lisa - like you, we've checked the extreme dates and have wondered what's
going on? Harry's heard this same bird off & on in these woods for sometime
now. Ours only makes the 'kowlp' call - the same as yours.
Vicki & Harry DeLoach
@ Sweat Mountain/NE Cobb Co.
The last two Saturdays (October 22 and 29) I heard what I thought was a
Yellow-billed Cuckoo on my property in southwestern Polk County. We
had the cuckoos there all summer, heard frequently and seen
occasionally, but I would have thought they'd be gone by now. Today I
heard the same call in my yard in northeast Cobb. When I went out to
spot the bird, it flushed and I didn't get a good look at it, but it
was about the right size and shape. The Annotated Checklist gives the
extreme dates as November 4 or 5, but if the birds I'm hearing really
are cuckoos there must be quite a few still here. I think Vicki
DeLoach reported hearing one last weekend in northeast Cobb also. Is
this unusual? The call I'm hearing is a single resonating kowp,
repeated every few seconds for minutes on end. I don't know what else
it could be.
Marietta (Northeast Cobb)
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