I was at a BBQ in Jericho this afternoon sitting on a back deck in a secluded backyard. There was a lot of bird activity going on around the yard so I had my ears and eyes on notice.
All of a sudden a Black-billed Cuckoo flew by very close to the deck at eye level and about 10 ft from the deck.
I heard it singing after that on and off for the next hour or so.
Finally, I saw it again in a tree a short while later as I was leaving the party.
A nice unexpected surprise to an already terrific weekend.
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