Here in Danby I have noticed they call when first arriving, then mostly
silent on nest, then when young are out of nest and branching ( Nest are
shabby and flimsy) so young hop about branches near nest and adult ( both)
that are feeding give a coo call to locate young or it's the dinner call to
get your hungry beck over here if you want to be fed!
From: "Nancy Turner" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 9:02 AM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Black Billed Cuckoo Call Question
> Hi Birders,
> I have a question about Black Billed Cuckoo calls. From my home, six to
> eight weeks ago I heard a familiar BB Cuckoo call, the one that sounds
> like "cuckoo" repeated. I heard this call several times over the last
> eight years -- I usually hear the bird calling for four our five days and
> then that's it.
> This last week, I've heard a second call that to my ear doesn't have the
> "cuckoo" sound. It took me a few days to ID the bird as the call came from
> around our yard/fields/woods (not stationary) and infrequently (a short
> call one or two times an hour). The cuckoo flew in and called right off of
> my porch -- I got a hasty look at it with my binoculars and confirmed that
> it was an adult.
> I found a recording on line that has both of the sounds that I am hearing;
> it is here:
> The first six seconds are what I have heard earlier this year, and in
> previous years. Starting at about 7 seconds in, and lasting only for a
> couple of seconds is the call that I am hearing now. The bird I'm hearing
> now does not s into the cuckoo call as it does on the sound recording.
> So I'm wondering if anyone knows -- is there a difference between the male
> and the female calls? Is there a difference given the time of year --
> with the cuckoo call being made early in the breeding season? Any
> Thanks very much,
> Nancy Turner