Draw a Bird Day, October 2016

I dislike being tardy and could have sworn I had scheduled a post for yesterday, but alas I am wrong. So here is my late entry for this month’s Draw a Bird Day.

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Brown-Headed Cowbird

This is a brown-headed cowbird that visits our bird feeder. Their brown feathers are really shiny in the sun, and that is one of the best ways to distinguish them from crows. These birds are “outlawed” in some areas because they visit nests of other birds in the spring, nudge out the native bird’s eggs, and lay their own in the nests. The unsuspecting native birds hatch the cowbird eggs and raise the baby birds as their own. That is why they are considered nuisances in some areas  of the world. Nature sure is interesting, isn’t it, if not a little rude at times 😉