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Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow #7874762
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Sitting here near the top of a ridge hoping to hear a turkey gobble on this last day of the 2023 Spring Gobbler Season and I heard a bird I couldnít ID.

I used the Merlin app on my phone to record its call and Merlin said it was a yellow-billed cuckoo. I googled it and sure enough, same call.

I never even heard of these birds before. First time I used the Merlin app too.


Eh...wot?

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874766
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Now if only Iíd hear a turkey, I have no problem IDíing them!


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Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874769
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I bought that app a couple years ago to ID a bird in the Northwoods, Was a Warbler of some sort, anyway I use it all over the country now. When Turkey hunting gets a little boring, I use it to help pass time. Found alot of birds I had no idea were even here.

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874771
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Interesting, so youíve found it to be pretty accurate then?

Iíve got the free version of the app. Itís been on my phone for over a year. After listen to the cuckoo for a couple of minutes I remembered the app.

The wife has it in her phone too, she uses it a lot.


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Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874773
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The rain crows are very vocal this time of year. Most donít know what they are and theyíll argue itís a dove making the noise. They do look ď slightlyĒ like a dove.

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874776
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I guess folks who donít know could confuse them with a mourning dove, they are somewhat similar but different if you know what a dove sounds like.


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Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874778
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I have heard them alot, or that call anyways. I have never seen one but I will be on the lookout now. I had never seen an Eastern Towhee either until I got the app. Now I find them from Florida to Wisconsin.

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874806
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Have them here

That Merlin app is handy

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874811
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Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874812
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Ihar them often here If I am messing around outside in the yard or out hunting or trapping But I have no idea what they look like .

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874822
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I didnít either until I identified the call and then looked them up. Iíve never seen one live.


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Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874823
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So youíre not going to play the call, lol?

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874832
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Good buggers. They love to eat the nasty caterpillars

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874839
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Itís fun to learn the different calls, and the app is a great way to do it. I use it all the time and would say the sound ID is right about 95% of the time. If you are in doubt play back the recording and see if the bird responds or comes on for a look. Use the calling very sparingly as it can disrupt breeding birds on nests.

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The reason they think theyíre doves is occasionally one will light on a wire and do their call. Other than that time you hardly get to see one. They look, at a glance, like a dove silhouette. They make an altogether different sound early in the mornings that sounds like a lake loon or something. Interesting bird.

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874855
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Originally Posted by Lugnut
I didnít either until I identified the call and then looked them up. Iíve never seen one live.


Did you kill a turkey?

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Wanna Be] #7874856
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I had no doubt when I played a recording of the call. It was exactly what I heard. I wonder if I could playback some recordings of hen turkeys to aid in my spring gobbler hunting. Iím joking, that would be totally illegal here.

Originally Posted by Wanna Be
So youíre not going to play the call, lol?





Eh...wot?

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Blaine County] #7874858
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Originally Posted by Blaine County
Originally Posted by Lugnut
I didnít either until I identified the call and then looked them up. Iíve never seen one live.


Did you kill a turkey?


No, it looks like Iím not going to kill one this season. I worked one last Friday for three hours and came close to killing him but havenít heard a gobble since. Todayís the last day. I may do an evening hunt before heading home tomorrow morning but they are calling for 85į here, so I kind of doubt it.


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Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Lugnut] #7874865
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Keep hunting! I don't know about up there but I generally kill them between 10 and 2.

Re: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo AKA Rain Crow [Re: Blaine County] #7874868
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Originally Posted by Blaine County
Keep hunting! I don't know about up there but I generally kill them between 10 and 2.

Can't hunt past noon here


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