Cuckoo For Cicada Puffs!

Well, our goal was to find and photograph different species of birds eating the newly emerging Brood XIII Cicadas that come out every 17 years. So today we grabbed our cameras and headed for Kishwaukee Forest Preserve in Rockford Illinois.

Common Grackle Dining on the Picnic Table
Common Grackle Eating a Brood XIII Cicada

We found 18 different species of birds gorging on cicadas, including a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

American Robins were all over.
American Robin with a Brood XIII

No White-breasted Nuthatch is too small for a cicada feast!
White-breasted Nuthatch with a Brood XIII

The Eastern Kingbirds were not at all shy to eat for a crowd
Eastern Kingbird Eating A Brood XIII Cicada

Blue Jays were loud and rowdy
Blue Jay Eating a Brood XIII

We also saw Northern Flickers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Chipping Sparrows, American Crows, Northern Cardinals, European Starlings, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers, Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Bluebirds, and Cedar Waxwings all hanging out and eating up cicadas. Some, like the Chipping Sparrow, were only picking through the remnants on the ground, but they were all having a feast.

We did not get a picture of a Cedar Waxwing eating a cicada, but we found someone who did.

Even our Doberman, Arizona ate some, however, we were too chicken to try them ourselves. Maybe in 17 years!

2007 Brood XIII Cicada

5 thoughts on “Cuckoo For Cicada Puffs!

  1. It looks like the cicada provided plenty of food for the birds-That’s a cool capture of the Cuckoo which is a difficult to bird to see around here.

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