The Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Cocyzus americanus) is more often heard than seen. This cuckoo is not particularly common but is widespread, and its population peaks during years of heavy tent-caterpillar infestations. Yes, their preferred food is hairy caterpillars. “Ku, Ku, Ku, Ku.”
Author Biography: About Randy Bodkins
Writer and outdoor photographer Randy Bodkins grew up in Norton, West Virginia, near Elkins, in Randolph County. Raised in the Allegheny Mountain he a self-taught naturalist and an accomplished outdoorsman. He believes that one should never quit learning to be observant. His work is frequently featured at High Virginia Outdoors and in natural history publications. You’ll also find him on Facebook at Randy Bodkins.