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Most elusive bird #7282856
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I'm talking about the kind with wings and feathers... not the two legged ones... but I was wondering. I'm surrounded by cuckoos here and they talk all day, but I've only seen one in 12 years. Aside from that it would be the hummingbird, because they don't exist here oddly enough.

I know for some it might be the gobbler they were looking for in April that never showed up.

Just curious.

Pete

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Now that I think of it I never did see one of those cuckoo birds when I was over there. Would hear them all the time, usually in the evening, but never laid eyes on one.
Must be like our whip-poor-wills I guess.

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The whiskeyjack is not an elusive bird per se,they are almost tame They will land right on your hand if you are holding a piece of bread.But you will never find their nest.

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Re: Most elusive bird [Re: swift4me] #7282891
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Ivory billed woodpecker

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Re: Most elusive bird [Re: Boco] #7282951
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Originally Posted by Boco
The whiskeyjack is not an elusive bird per se,they are almost tame They will land right on your hand if you are holding a piece of bread.But you will never find their nest.


In part, that’s because they nest in late winter.


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Re: Most elusive bird [Re: swift4me] #7282965
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Originally Posted by swift4me
I'm talking about the kind with wings and feathers... not the two legged ones... but I was wondering. I'm surrounded by cuckoos here and they talk all day, but I've only seen one in 12 years. Aside from that it would be the hummingbird, because they don't exist here oddly enough.

I know for some it might be the gobbler they were looking for in April that never showed up.

Just curious.

Pete

Yes, the non-two-legged birds are very elusive!!! I see cuckoos fairly regularly here, but hear them by far more often...


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Re: Most elusive bird [Re: Kevin Colpetzer] #7282966
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Originally Posted by Kevin Colpetzer
Ivory billed woodpecker



So true!


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Re: Most elusive bird [Re: swift4me] #7282977
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Grouse seem to be the ghosts here seen a few yes but most years they are drumming all over in the spring but you very seldom get to see one.


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For many years I listened to a strange sounding bird before I finally identified it as a Yellow Billed Cuckoo. To me they sound like a bird from an African jungle scene. I've only seen a few.
After doing a feather study on them I was amazed at the softer earth tone colors and big white spots on black under their tail.
We don't have a lot of them here on the river but do hear them several times during the summer. Makes my day !

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Didn't know what a cuckoo was till I looked it up. Yep rain crow.

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Most elusive bird in my life was; a distant relative that didn't care much for my dad gave me a cuckoo clock for Christmas. Something strange happened to that bird after about a week of cuckooing, he never again appeared.

I love hearing those whip-poor-wills at night while going to sleep. First one I ever saw was ran over on the gravel where we lived. Saw a couple since at night with light.

Also love to hear those rain crows too especially in dry weather. Can't say it always rains but at least gives one hope. I have seen a couple.

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Thanks Redknot... I only put that in there so Scuba1 or Leftlane wouldn't make some comment about a gal from a bar years ago.

I thought about the two leg factor, but thought the wings and feather thing would cover that.

Thanks for keeping me honest.

Pete

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The most elusive bird ever in my life was the prairie chicken and if I ever doubted that I'd try to hunt them.


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Re: Most elusive bird [Re: swift4me] #7283140
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Probably snipe 😂

Re: Most elusive bird [Re: Kevin Colpetzer] #7283234
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Originally Posted by Kevin Colpetzer
Ivory billed woodpecker


Yep! Beat me too it.


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Re: Most elusive bird [Re: warrior] #7283238
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Originally Posted by warrior
Now that I think of it I never did see one of those cuckoo birds when I was over there. Would hear them all the time, usually in the evening, but never laid eyes on one.
Must be like our whip-poor-wills I guess.

Y’all got Whip-poor-wills in North Georgia?

Re: Most elusive bird [Re: swift4me] #7283247
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Originally Posted by swift4me
Thanks Redknot... I only put that in there so Scuba1 or Leftlane wouldn't make some comment about a gal from a bar years ago.

I thought about the two leg factor, but thought the wings and feather thing would cover that.

Thanks for keeping me honest.

Pete


Not keeping you honest Pete, just having fun!!


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One of my birding goals has been to photograph as many different species of birds as possible… I’m currently sitting at 409 species photographed. Toughest for me have been some of the rail species, both yellow and black rails I have so far been unable to find.
Cuckoos are definitely one of the harder birds to see, especially for as noisy and common as they are.

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Originally Posted by imissed
Originally Posted by Kevin Colpetzer
Ivory billed woodpecker


Yep! Beat me too it.


As they did me as well.


Re: Most elusive bird [Re: swift4me] #7283364
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Jack-wills-widow. Sort of like a whip-o-will. Used to hear them in the woods, but only saw one in 15 years when I lived where they migrated. My dog flushed it about dark one afternoon when we were looking for it. Looked like a big snipe bird when it flushed. Didn’t fly far and circled back. Probably nesting.

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When I lived on the N.C. Outer Banks we had a head boat captain that took bird watchers out well beyond the Gulf Stream to photograph and document pelagic birds. Met a fellow one day who was nearing 700 I recall. Some watchers start over on New Years Day each year and travel all over the world. It is a serious business. Most customers were from the Washington DC area. They came one weekend per month and could easily be spotted by their garb and equipment. They were very friendly and big spenders.

Re: Most elusive bird [Re: charles] #7283438
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Originally Posted by charles
Jack-wills-widow. Sort of like a whip-o-will. Used to hear them in the woods, but only saw one in 15 years when I lived where they migrated. My dog flushed it about dark one afternoon when we were looking for it. Looked like a big snipe bird when it flushed. Didn’t fly far and circled back. Probably nesting.

Thats what we have down here. Seen a couple so far. Serious camouflage on those birds.

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Tray use some minute oats for bait for the yellow rails and keep it hidden from the blackbirds, in two days they will find it for your photo-capture.

Search image for sound detection is an acquired talent in the birding world. Wait till you do some Breeding Bird Surveys and have 23 species calling all at once and track who-is-where and fill in the form in those 3 minutes.
American woodcock surveys are great with just one species to remember and not 3 hours in length.

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We have Bristle thighed curlews here. I read once that there were only a few thousand of them. They look like a big rusty colored snipe about the size of a seagull. They nest near the village here. I once considered running a tour for birders to see them.

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SJA; Thank lawd I didn't have a mouthful of beer when I looked at your picture! grin I automatically thought; " Hullo; Aren't they '.....'? " And the I realised; He's showing us a Pair of '.....'!!! " And I Still can't stop laughing!!! laugh

You, sir, win The Internet, tonight! I applaud you! Brilliant!!! grin

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Originally Posted by Pest's Dad
SJA; Thank lawd I didn't have a mouthful of beer when I looked at your picture! grin I automatically thought; " Hullo; Aren't they '.....'? " And the I realised; He's showing us a Pair of '.....'!!! " And I Still can't stop laughing!!! laugh

You, sir, win The Internet, tonight! I applaud you! Brilliant!!! grin


HA! then you recognized what they were! :-)


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Swift4Me; Now that I've finally regained my composure, after crying with laughter about SJA's blinder there ...

Cuckoo's, in Europe? Trick I was taught, long, long ago? Hear one? Simply survey the landscape. Pick out the couple or so Biggest, most isolated trees in view. Example; If you're in anything approaching a 'patchwork' sort of landscape. Where, perhaps, there may be less than prairie sized fields, maybe hedgerows and the odd, venerable old tree? Singular giants in the landscape. Watch those trees.

'Our' (Nominate form of) cuckoos like to call from such trees ~ murder to spot there, of course. But, then, they may fly hundreds of yards through clear blue skies, across to 'The Other' massive tree.

Try that wink

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Thanks Pest's dad. I might try that, but the woods surrounding my pastures are mostly uniform height oak and ash. I figure I'll see one before long as there are so many here.

Pete

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