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!