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Sunday, May 30, 2010

May 13, 2010 11 am-1 pm Sunny 60` Bristol State Park, Bristol RI

Today we saw all the common backyard birds plus a few extra, such as the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, a long tailed and extremely elegant bird that I have had the pleasure of observing only once or twice in my life.

The Common Cuckoo of Europe is a famed brood parasite but it's cousins the American Cuckoos only occasionally lay in the nests of other birds. When they do it is usually in the nests of other Cuckoos says the American Birding Association ("ABA"). Here is a link to the article in their "Birding" magazine (it's at the very bottom of the page). They intend to lay in other cuckoo nests and when they lay in the nests of other birds not in their genus it is probably because they mistook it for another cuckoo's nest!

Other highlights for the walk included: a few American Redstarts, Yellow Warblers, Eastern Towhee and a Raccoon that we saw scurrying up from the Narragansett Bay into the dense bushes next to the shore.

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