Saturday, 13 July 2013

The Year of the Cowbird

Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina feeding
 Two Brown-headed Cowbirds Molothrus ater

    At least in our neighborhood, this seems to be the year of the cowbird! Having already witnessed two separate incidences of Chipping Sparrows feeding Brown-headed Cowbirds from their parasitized nests, we now have two cowbird chicks, presumably from the same nest, relentlessly pursuing a pair of Chipping Sparrows, demanding to be fed.

Two Brown-headed Cowbird Juveniles

Two Brown-headed Cowbird Juveniles being fed by a Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow taking a break

Everything seems like food!

Maybe this is edible?


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