At first glance, I thought it might be a mockingbird, but the colors weren't quite right. The primaries had a distinct cinnamon or rufous hue to them, and the bill was bi-colored bright yellow on bottom and blackish on top. I went on the internet and was looking at thrasher's but nothing quite matched, and after searching for 20 mins. suddenly saw a picture of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) that was a perfect match.
I went back outside to check on the poor thing, expecting the worse, and discovered it had moved, and was now sitting in one of my daffodil planters on our deck. I took a couple of quick photographs for positive identification purposes, and went back inside to allow it to recover in peace. The fact that it had moved was a good sign, and I was cautiously optimistic that it might survive.
Another hour passed, and I went out to check on our little visitor, and as I stepped out onto the deck, it suddenly took flight with a very strong and perfectly normal flight pattern. My heart soared as it took wing, and it looked to me like it had made a full recovery! Wish I had gotten better picks but am happy that we positively identified a new species (for us) in our little neck of the woods.
After doing a little research, I have discovered that the Yellow-billed Cuckoo was added to the Endangered Species list in 2014 because of a severe decline in population due to habitat loss in the Western US. Apparently, the western population was as low as an estimated 500 breeding pairs at one point. According to the American Bird Conservatory, collision with man made structures such as skyscrapers, cell towers, and wind turbines are a major cause of mortality with this migratory species. So happy our little visitor recovered from his accident!