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Brown-Headed Cow Birds

The Brown-Headed Cow Birds love the bird feeder that I have set up next to my front porch.  I think there may not be many bird feeders here in the area.  This feeder is very popular!  There also is a White-Breasted Nuthatch in a couple of these pictures, shown eating with the Cow Bird on the feeder.  Cow Birds love being around cattle.  I live across the little farm pond from a large cow pasture, so the Brown-Headed Cow Birds likely live over there.  Brown-Headed Cow Birds are seed, fruit, and nut eating birds.  They have wedge-shaped beaks.  The male has a lovely light chocolate-brown head and a dark brown-black body.  The female is the same shape and size but is a medium-brown in color all over.

The Brown-Headed Cow Birds lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.  The mother bird feeds the usually larger cow bird chicks more food than even her own young.  Sometimes this happily works out OK.  I hope so for the nesting pairs of songbirds in my yard here.  Surprisingly, the same thing happens with certain of the ducks such as the Red-Headed Duck.  One hopes for the best.  I took these pictures on April 21, 2012 and again on April 24, 2012 in my living room and yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Brown-Headed Cow Birds" (5)

  1. Hi Linda, We have the Cowbirds only on occasion… I knew that about them laying their eggs in other bird’s nests…. I didn’t know that some ducks do it also… Interesting!!!!

    Did the storm wake you up this morning? It did us… The hail hitting our skylights sounds so loud…. No damage though other than knocked over flowers…


    • Hi Betsy, Yes, we also had same thunderstorm here. Likely to have more later this afternoon, too. Glad no damage here and at your place. The Cow Birds are often here at the bird feeder. Gee, that Red-Head Woodpecker also tries to figure out what that bird feeder is for. He or she can’t get it why other birds seem attracted. Time for suet. I will find that woodpecker type suet feeder that I have in my shed somewhere and put it up. Have a great day and watch the weather.

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    we had so many of these guys and gals here this winter, i thought they’d never leave! we still have plenty!

  3. Interesting to see those two species on the same feeder!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, the bird feeder is wildly popular here! Sometimes there are four birds either on the feeder, or just to the side on the porch railing, or on the lawn underneath the feeder. Have a great Friday tomorrow!

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