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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Brown-headed Cowbird with Yellow Warbler "Parent."



Brown-headed Cowbird fledgling
being fed by Yellow Warbler
While birding at Humber Bay Park East in Toronto on 10 July 2011 we observed this young Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater (one of two) being fed by a male Yellow Warbler, Dendroica petechia. When we observed this activity we never once saw a female Yellow Warbler so we concluded that for whatever reason the male was left to satisfy these gargantuan offspring alone. It was a non-stop feeding frenzy during the time we watched with two begging, vociferous, belligerent cowbirds giving the warbler no rest.

6 comments:

  1. Can I have permission to use this photo (BHCO chick being fed by Yellow Warbler) in a PowerPoint scientific presentation? Totally non-commercial use.

    thanks
    Ed erpfromca@aol.com

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  2. Sure. Go ahead. I will email you permission.

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    1. Hi, this is an amazing capture, I would like permission to use this in in a paper I am writing for my undergraduate senior project on parasite-host dynamic in cowbirds and cuckoos.

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  3. Hello David I'm Herman van Niekerk presently writing a book for beginner bird watchers. Could I ask permission to use the image where the warbler's head is virtually in the Cowbirds bill in the book. Due recognition will be given. If OK please send permission and high res file to mprops1987@gmail.com. Thanks in advance. Herman

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    1. Hello Herman: Feel free to use the picture. Later today I will dig out the image from the archives and email it to you,

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