Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Does It Moo?

My granddaughter loves to birdwatch in my yard with me. When I spotted this guy, I was really excited. I told her that it's a Cowbird, not one that I normally see in the yard. She said "Why are you so excited gramma, does it MOO?"
 


Brown-headed Cowbird (Male)
 
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. Then they lay in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents.  Many people consider them a nuisance bird, since they often destroy the eggs and young of smaller songbirds.

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39 comments:

Lisa Gordon said...

I just love those wonderfully innocent questions!
These photographs are really wonderful, Karen.

TexWisGirl said...

i think these birds are so handsome (and obviously crafty). your granddaughter's comment made me laugh!

Janet Martin said...

Thank-you for the laughter and the info:) We had a cowbird at our feeder too!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, a great laugh to start the day indeed, Karen, I love your granddaughter's comment, too!! A really beautiful bird and your captures are superb as always! Hope you have a good day!!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Does it moo? how adorable. I have to admit I have never seen one of these birds but love the coloring

Flat Creek Farm said...

Awww, what cute comments about the cowbird! These photos prove it - cowbirds are beautiful. Great captures! -Tammy

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Does it moo? How cute! Made me smile.

MyMaracas said...

Your granddaughter's question is priceless!

Cowbirds are handsome, but they are classed as parasites. Every one you see represents an entire brood of nestlings of some other bird it has killed.

Rambling Woods said...

A handsome guy to be sure... I do hate to see some chipping sparrow feeding a huge cowbird.. But they are doing what they know... Michelle

Brian King said...

That would be funny if they did "moo"! Great photos! They're quite handsome despite their nesting habits.

EG CameraGirl said...

I had no idea they were capable of laying so many eggs!

HansHB said...

Lovely photos of this cute bird. Unusual for me to see!

NatureFootstep said...

lol, a good question. :) Great shots of the moo-bird. :)

Karen said...

Beautiful shots, cute looking bird.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Such sharp, clear, and beautifully composed images of the 'moo-er'!!

eileeninmd said...

Did you hear it MOO? Great shots of the cowbird.

Buttons said...

I have one question....Do they?:)
Awesome shots. B

Kim Cunningham said...

Adorable commentary from the Grand!

Esther Joy said...

I did a post on this bird several weeks ago. I love the positive things you said. I'm afraid I was a bit more negative about him :( but Stewart helped me to appreciate the bird with his comments!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I rarely get them at the feeder. I know they are not popular but they are smart. I like what your granddaugher said!

Elephant's Child said...

What an incredible gloss to the plumage. So essentially they are cuckoos? And it obviously works for them.

Carole M. said...

that's such a funny response from a young one 'does it moo' - that would've made me laugh; beautiful photos too Karen

Stewart M said...

It would be good if it did!!

Nice bird!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Terri said...

Yes, they are a nuisance bird..I can't have feeders because of them. I love your granddaughter's comment...children take things so literally.

Ken Schneider said...

I have had similar questions posed about "Ovenbirds." Cowbirds should really have been called "buffalo-birds," but I guess settlement of North America had progressed too far by the time they got their names.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The light was hitting these just right! I like these birds, but I don't like their parasitic brooding habits. I've read that they will retaliate and destroy a nest if the "adoptive" parents throw out their eggs. Great shots, though!

Gary said...

Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Nancy Claeys {dot} Com said...

It would be very cool if they did (moo.) :)

Ewa "Mom Photographer" said...

beautiful!

Sharon Wagner said...

A brother by another Mother.

Les... said...

awesome pics of a very handsome bird!

I love the way you captured that metallic sheen off the feathers!

well done!
*VBS*

Sleepshort said...

Very sweet! - the bird, your photos, and your granddaughter.
Have a nice day.

Gunilla Bäck said...

It's a beautiful bird even if it doesn't moo.

Wally Jones said...

It's moments like that which will spark your granddaughter's interest in nature in the future.
Wonderful photos of the Cowbird!

Genie Robinson said...

A mooing bird...not that would be a first. I can just hear your granddaughter asking you the question. How did you keep a straight face. I am smiling from ear to ear. Love the pictures. genie

Me said...

Excellent shots of the cowbird, they are a very pretty bird. Too bad they get such a bad rap!

beyondzephyr.com said...

They are beautiful birds, and your photos are fantastic.

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They're not very nice, but they are pretty! Tell your GD that we have catbirds here and they DO meow!