I recently received these photos ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/quebecoiseaux/with/10339119283/ ) of a cuculus sp. taken at Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon (eastern coastal Quebec province, Canada) in september 30th . We are wondering if it's possible to be sure of this bird ID with the pictures provided. We do not have the experience to separate these species.
Thanks for your input.
Marcelo Brongo, biol.
European advisor for the Rare Bird Committee QuébecOiseaux (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Interesting pictures, the nearest I can find is Cuculus canorus immature.Immature has a white nape patch which is difficult to see on your pics.and also tend to be browner but this is variable. Yours seems to have pink feet which points again to an immature bird as the adults have yellow feet. Perching birds frequently drop their wings and also like to use telephone wires to perch on as in your pics.
Hope this helps and sorry not to have been more definitive.
Yes, we also agree that this is an immature grey-morph: very fresh plumage, rusty tones on great covert, etc..
We are discussing the possibility of an Oriental Cuckoo because the week before we have had a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (a siberian visitor) in southern Quebec! Obviously, Western Europe it's much more close to Eastern Canada. But, you know, all is possible with birds and why not, a great migrant could arrived from Alaska's entry.
but some key-features are not obvious for me on the photos like undertail covert color, and undewing covert... I noticed that our bird have fine barring on the belly and a good among of white spots under the primaries. But could these features be enough to discard Oriental Cuckoo????