Well, maybe not cocoa puffs,
but big, fuzzy caterpillars would be a nice tasty treat!!
The elusive Yellow-billed Cuckoo
made several rare appearances
in the Northeast and Atlantic Maritimes this fall,
delighting many birders
in my neck of the woods.
Negotiating a seldom used, overgrown dirt road
to access a beautiful stretch of beach and bogland,
we came across this little guy foraging along the edge.
He managed to stay one step ahead of us,
and having never seen one before,
we were stymied!
He wasn't exactly cooperative
when it came to documenting his visit,
always hopping or flying just out of range
at the exact moment it was time to 'click'
for a picture.
The Yellow-bellied Cuckoo is a fairly good sized bird,
10 - 12" in length, with a down-curved bill
that hosts a black upper mandible
and a yellow lower mandible.
It has the prettiest rufous coloring to its primaries,
most obvious when it flies away.
Which I observed ALOT in my futile attempts
to snap a good picture.
In addition to consuming massive quantities of hairy caterpillars,
the Yellow-billed Cuckoo also considers berries, small fruits,
and even small amphibians to be fine dining.
My best guess is that nasty weather
blew them off course
and they ended up wandering far beyond
the northern fringes of their territory.
However, I'm no authority.
For a better view of this lovely bird, check out this post by TexWis
She has some nice clear, beautiful close-ups!!