Hi Mendo & Lake County birders,
Below is a message I am forwarding to the appropriate list for Tom Leskiw:
My wife and I birded Colusa & Lake Counties Sat-Mon May 12-14. Details to
follow later on highlights that included Lawrence's Goldfinch & Sage Sparrow
in both counties (chiefly on Walker Ridge Road, about 5 miles north of Hwy
20 & west of Bear Valley).
However, I wanted to get the word out (in hope of confirmation) of a calling
cuckoo at Rodman Slough in Lake County today (Mon May 14).
Heard only, the bird was calling from 10:15-10:45 am. Location was on the
west side of the slough, on the south side of the Lucerne-Nice cutoff, 200'
south of the southern-most picnic table.
It wasn't doing the rapid ku-ku-ku-ku call. Rather, it was doing a widely
spaced 3 note call (last note being the lowest), vaguely reminiscent of an
old-world cuckoo. Sandals, a wall of nettles & a tight schedule prevented
getting a visual.
I realize it might be regarded as a bit early for Yellow-billed Cuckoo but
am confident that's what we heard...
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