From Cuckoos to a King Rail

Black-billed Cuckoo in the trees above the kiosk at the Main Boat Launch

Black-billed Cuckoo in the trees above the kiosk at the Main Boat Launch

This morning I birded the Bashakill. The evidence of migration was slim. I found two Blackpoll Warblers and one somewhat late Swainson’s Thrush. Otherwise things were about as one would expect. One nice occurrence was finding an abundance of cuckoos. I had four Yellow-billed Cuckoos during the outing and a pair of BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were courting and displaying by the kiosk at the main boat launch. A nice morning of birding. As I headed home, I got a call from Ken and Curt McDermott informing me that there is a KING RAIL at Great Vly Swamp in Ulster County.(thanks guys!) I zoomed up there to find the rail relatively easily. It called incessantly and eventually showed itself several times. I couldn’t get a pic, as it scooted between cattail clumps quicker than I could get the camera up. Still a great bird and a great show.

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