Saturday, June 12, 2010

Camera-Critters #114

(c) Misty DawnS
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There are TWO critters in my Camera-Critters post this week. There's the bird, and there's the silkworm it is having for a snack. Hmmm, I've never eaten a silkworm, but this bird sure seems to be enjoying it! Maybe they have health benefits - maybe they help treat Asbestos cancer! O.K. I doubt it, but that's not even the point of this post. I want to focus on the bird. I spied the silkworm nest/sack (whatever it's called) a week or two before this photo. Then, on one of my walks, I saw a bird sitting there. As I got closer, I realized that this was a new bird for me. I not only had never photographed this bird, I had never even SEEN this bird before from what I could remember. So, I photographed it, and immediately planned on asking Bear what it was, because he I.D.s a lot of my critters for me, if I don't know what they are. I never, ever expected what he would say it was.

He told me it was a CUCKOO BIRD!!!

"WHAT???", I replied. "No way! We don't have Cuckoo Birds here!!!"

Well, apparently, I was wrong, because he sent me a link. The site had photos which clearly showed that this was the bird I photographed, and it had a map which showed where the bird is. It clearly showed that the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Bird is not only in Missouri, but it was in Ohio too! Hmmmph! Guess you learn something every day!

It's not just me who didn't realize this. ANYONE else around here that I've told about the bird thinks I'm drunk or something. Seriously, they say I'm crazy, and there are no Cuckoo Birds here. Oh well, I've got the photos to prove it!


Iowa Gardening Woman

What a wonderful surprise! I will refrain from saying something silly like going cuckoo for cuckoo birds or anything like that :)


What an incredible capture! Kudos!

Bradley Hsi

Now we know, silkworm attract Cuckoo Bird! Nice shot. Have a good weekend.


I always love seeing pictures of birds completely new to me. A lovely capture!

i beati

unique photo good one

lina@happy family

Great photo of a cuckoo bird...

A Garden of Threads

Great shot of the cuckoo bird.


Wonderful shot of the two critters.. Cuckoo? Who's Cuckoo?!!!!!!! Love it!


It is a great find, Misty. And, you're the first person I've known who has seen a Cuckoo bird. 8v)


He's a beautiful bird, and it's always fun to find a new species of critter you didn't expect to see in your region.
Wonderful capture of the bird dining on a silkworm.


Great sighting and capture of the Yellow Billed Cuckoo.

Corner Gardener Sue

I'm still laughing about Iowa Gardening Woman's comment. Well, it sure is a swell looking bird!

It's fun seeing new critters. The other day, I captured some photos of a tortoise beetle, which I'd never heard of, and it changed colors as I was photographing it. It's in my post, that I finally finished just now.

Thanks for hosting this fun meme!

Chubskulit Rose

Awww such a beautiful shot!



What a fantastic shot! Love it


Great capture as always!


Your cuckoo bird is an exciting find. Your photo is great.

Reader Wil

How wonderful to discover this species! Birds can appear in places where they originally don't belong.


Great shot. And that exhilleration of capturing a new to you bird/critter is the best.


An excellent photo and an unusual encounter, Misty. I see them here on rare occasion, but have never photographed them.


Nice shot! We got our first photo of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo just a couple of weeks ago. And the week before that we spotted our first ever Black-billed Cuckoo. It's an interesting bird family, and most people don't realize there actually is a 'cuckoo bird'. But then, the most widely known member of the family also has an interesting name: the roadrunner.


What a lovely shot of a very beautiful bird. It does have a rather silly name however ;)

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