Feathers on Friday

I spotted my first Brown Headed Cowbird of the season this past week.

Singing in a tree, looking for a springtime mate no doubt. According to all about birds:

The Brown-headed Cowbird is a stocky blackbird with a fascinating approach to raising its young. Females forgo building nests and instead put all their energy into producing eggs, sometimes more than three dozen a summer. These they lay in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents, usually at the expense of at least some of the host’s own chicks. They forage mostly by walking on the ground, and often with cattle or horses in pastures, catching the insects flushed from the grass by the grazing animals. Originally, they were closely associated with bison herds on the Great Plains. Brown-headed Cowbirds are noisy, making a multitude of clicks, whistles and chatter-like calls in addition to a flowing, gurgling song.

These two found each other and were busy eating together

19 thoughts on “Feathers on Friday

  1. I was coming back to read about these cowbirds. What a fascinating story, Lisa. The mama bird abandoning her eggs to continue her foraging around dirt and mud where cattle and horses bring bugs. They look so pretty, especially the shiny feathers on the male bird. Thank you for sharing on this post! xo

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  2. what kind of mothers are these females?! What a strange and interesting fact about them. I just read your response above..so I guess that makes sense.

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  3. This is so interesting, Lisa. I wonder why they are called cowbirds. Is it cause they are of the stocky built, or cause they graze at the same place as cows 🙂 What cheeks to pass their own young as others’ 😆

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