Today's Bird is the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo! I had a cuckoo clock when I was a kid but never really worried too much about what actual cuckoos looked like. Turns out, they're pretty big. I saw this bird on South Padre Island on a day when I was plagued by small birds (mostly flycatchers) that can only be identified by sound and, of course, they weren't singing. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw one of the branches on a nearby tree flop and bend. I raced over and as soon as I got my binoculars on it, I knew for sure what it was...I'd passed it a bazillion times in the bird guide thinking, "I won't see one of these any time soon." Lucky for me, I live in one of the greatest migration zones in the country. I took this picture on May 5th, 2012.