There has been a Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling for most of the day here near the house nearly every day since July 2nd (and once earlier on June 6th). It moves around rather continuously. Every few days, including today, there is also the call of a Black-billed Cuckoo. With the abundance of observations statewide, I thought I'd compare the last few years. Using the data in eBird, the last year with as many Yellow-billed Cuckoos was 2007. In the list below, the first number following each year is the number of Vermont locations reporting a Yellow-billed Cuckoo for all of that year (for 2011 is the number so far this year). The second number is based on the eBird statistic "total" which is the number of birds reported per week, whether from the same location or not .... I created the second number by totaling the number of birds reported each year through July 15th so it would directly compare with this year. 2011 18 22 2010 7 4 2009 4 3 2008 8 8 2007 15 18 So 2007 and 2011 seem to be banner years for Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the last five years, with 2009 being the year with the fewest birds and least widespread sightings. Ian