Bill is an early riser. I struggle to get up...not a good trait for a
wanna-be-birder! But Bill gets up at 5:00 to walk every morning before
work and, when he has enough dynamite to rouse me, I join him. On Tuesday,
he ran in from a solo trip to tell me about a new and different bird he had
seen and heard. After some searching of the bird book and listening to All
About Birds, he decided that it was a Black-billed Cuckoo.
I got up with him on Wednesday. No sight and no sound from the Cuckoo.
Thursday, I slept and Bill went out with the binoculars. Sure enough, a
clear view that confirmed the Cuckoo.
Friday, I joined him. You guessed it....no sight nor sound of the Cuckoo.
I was beginning to suspect a giant hoax to get me out of bed! But I got up
with him today and heard its unmistakable song! Unfortunately, it came
from the far side of a field so I did not see it. On the other hand, I
will keep getting up until I can add that the BB Cuckoo to my life list.