The Cardinal’s Strange Offspring
Posted: May 31, 2012 Filed under: birds, Camera Critters, Rural Thursday, spring | Tags: bird, cardinal, cowbird, juvenile, nature
Junior wants food!
Doting dad appears, offering what looks like a nice juicy berry. Junior checks it out, but refuses it.
Junior decides he’d rather splash around in his wading pool.
Still hungry, he calls out to dad.
Doting dad responds, still offering the nice, juicy berry…
…and gets splashed by Junior for all his devoted effort!
Junior is a young Brown-headed Cowbird. The female cowbird lays her eggs in the nests of other bird species, where they are hatched and cared for by the host parents at the expense of their own young.
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