David G:  I'd be shocked if it was a common grackle - it was VERY slim and
more brownish - not at all glossy - to me grackles are much heftier.  I'll
look for it again but it didn't perch for long....

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM David Guertin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> If it was backlit so the color details weren't visible, maybe a Common
> Grackle? Obviously their colors are nothing alike, but a backlit
> silhouette might be similar.
> It would be a real shock to see a cuckoo this time of year!
> Dave G.
> On 11/27/20 4:00 PM, Leslie Nulty wrote:
> > In Jericho yesterday spotted what looked like a black-billed cuckoo
> > (possibly juvenile).  It was backlit and I didn't have binos but couldn't
> > think of anything else that would fit its profile - about 12", slim,
> > relatively small head, long tail (no stripes on tail), erect posture when
> > perched.  It didn't call so no sound to identify.  Sibley says they
> > shouldn't be here in the winter. Any other ideas?
> >

Best regards,


Leslie Nulty
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