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Cow bird

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:25 pm

Sat out on the front deck for a while this afternoon. The sun was out brightly, but the wind was out of the northeast and was brutally cold. But in the sun and out of the wind was pleasant. Had a male Cowbird come up to the feeding area and was getting some seeds and cracked corn off of the ground.

The Cowbird is a weird kind of bird. It looks like a black bird but has a brown head. It hangs out with blackbirds and starlings. They female dosn't build a nest. Instead she lays her eggs in nest's of other birds and lets them raise her young. She may lay as many as 3 doz. eggs this way a season.

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eileen wrote on Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:59 pm:

The cowbird that you have where you are resembles our cuckoo in its habits. Cuckoos also lay their eggs in other birds nests so that their young can be raised by foster parents.


DirtyDigits wrote on Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:19 pm:

Capt I'm imagining you in a big rocker with a hot cup of tea to chase the chill while you enjoy the sun. I'm ready for our "cold snap" to STOP. Thank you for the sweet word picture.

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