tent caterpillars

Asked November 7, 2015, 4:32 PM EST

The National Wildlife Federation's Field Guide to Birds of North America (page 252) states that both the Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoo inhibits areas where tent caterpillars are abundant, their primary prey! Both of these birds supposedly are resident to the East Coast and our area! Our area, Columbia next to Blandair Park, was overrun by tent caterpillars for the last three summers. They even plague black walnut trees. I have yet to see a Cuckoo bird. What is the reason???

Howard County Maryland birds wildlife yellow black billed cuckoo

1 Response

We do not have the reference you mentioned in our library. Specific bird species are not in our area of expertise. We refer you to the link from Cornell Lab of Ornithology regarding the yellow and black billed cuckoos. Many birds have specific habitat, shelter, and food source requirements. These birds, if in your location, are well hidden and hard to spot. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-billed_Cuckoo/id
A good source of information may be the Howard County Bird Club http://www.howardbirds.org/
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