Clouds gathered early last night darkening the skies which soon released welcome rain. The rain and thunder lulled me to sleep early so by 0400 this morning I was well rested and ready to go. Off to a leasurely breakfast killing a little time to let the skies lighten up. Some residual cloud cover remained but was quickly giving way to sunshine.
Driving down a dirt road, Eastern Meadowlarks seem to be adornments on almost every fence post. Their melodious song wafted across the fields announcing a new day. Morning glories growing against the fence also greeted the morning sun.
Heading to a specific location trying to photograph a pair of Summer Tanagers, I passed a group of Goldfinch's enjoying a breakfast of dandelion seeds. Could hear the distinctive call of the Tanagers but never saw them. Getting close to 0800 by now and time for the park to open so I headed that way.
Finally able to get a decent shot of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. I have heard it for the last couple of weeks but had not been able to see it.