Another Baby CowbirdPosted: June 27, 2012
This newly-fledged Cowbird wants to be fed.
The big baby is being parented by a tiny Song Sparrow.
Off to find more food for this youngster with an insatiable appetite!
Addendum – from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds website
“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. Once confined to the open grasslands of middle North America, cowbirds have surged in numbers and range as humans built towns and cleared woods.”