What is the likelyhood that Red-winged Blackbirds make sounds like Cuckoos?We went to Oxbow about 7:15 am, Sunday. When we approached the ponds, we hung back to take a look. Mostly, we heard the mobs of RWBBs. But, as we listened, we were hearing what sounded EXACTLY like a call of "Coo-Coo" under the din. We listened for over 30 minutes but couldn't find it. I have never seen that actual bird and don't know what they sound like. But, this sounded just like the clock. We looked and looked and couldn't find anything but RWBBs, Robins, and Goldfinches. As we moved out to look, my mother got a cell phone call. After, that we didn't hear anything similar to the calls.Otherwise, not much was seen. Also of note, the house is gone.We saw what I will assume was another Goldfinch but it really looked like a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. It barely had any black on the head. There seems to have been another warbler. I was assuming a goldfinch. But did look and it was totally lemon yellow
on the head and breast, light wings/back.There were RWBBs and AMERICAN ROBINS everywhere in the park. A COOPER'S HAWK was checking out the same area as they nested in last year. Also, we saw 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS. One went immediately into a nest. It was in large cottonwoods, east of the park, on the north bank of the river. The other was perched in cottonwoods at the far end of the park.Several GOLDENEYE (sp.) and MALLARDS were on the river. Mallards and CANADA GEESE were on the pond. A DOWNY WOODPECKER (or 2?) and 3 RED SHAFTED FLICKERS were in the middle of the park. One RUBY CROWNED KINGLET was at the far end.Several SPOTTED TOWHEES, BEWICKS WRENS and one SONG SPARROW were up and singing their hearts out at the top of shrubs. There were Bewick's Wrens flitting everywhere.I think I saw a separate male and female AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES in the midst of all the LESSER GOLDFINCH.STELLARS JAYS, SCRUB JAYS, MAGPIES, CAL QUAIL, HOUSE FINCHES, E STARLINGS and HOUSE SPARROWS were
present.I don't suppose anyone has any ideas on the "Coo-Coo" noises. We are totally positive as to the sound. Otherwise I wouldn't have mentioned it, lest you thought we were going "Cuckoo".Good birding.
Sue Anne Marshall
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