Friday, August 31st was my final day of summer hours at work, so I wanted to make it special. It’s hard to do that too, it’s an unpredictable world out there. Sometimes though, things just go your way.
After a long day of hiking at Buttercup Farm Sanctuary, I decided to make a stop at the Stanford Wildlife Preserve along the Salt Point Turnpike. I had a fairly good day, but nothing I haven’t seen before. Then it happened.
While walking back to the car, I noticed what looked like a mourning dove fly down from the trees. I hadn’t seen much else there in the evening, so I was curious. Once I got a good look, I knew it wasn’t a dove.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing… a yellow-billed cuckoo. It was the one type of bird I was hoping to see this summer, and here he was. It is the 139th I’ve photographed in Dutchess County now! The last cuckoo I saw was the black-billed variety at Hopeland Park in Staatsburg, and that was more than two years ago.
I got a couple of other photos of the yellow-billed cuckoo to share as well.