nest, and how the Cuckoo chick will overtake the nest and dominate the parents,
in their effort to feed the chick. Well on this day, I had an opportunity to see
this first-hand. While hiking down the Falls Park river trail on a very hot
July day, I could hear a plaintive call coming from a low tree up ahead. There
on a branch was a young Yellow-billed Cuckoo, calling for more food. Its mother
was a Yellow warbler; this tiny little bird flew back and forth with insects for
her enormous chick, never getting a rest and never satiating its appetite.
I would not be surprised if the Warbler succumbed to exhaustion and the
heat of that week.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (chick),
Yellow Warbler (fem)