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That's nature!

Posted by gardenbug Canada zone 5 (My Page) on
Wed, May 13, 09 at 19:25

I took a picture of a nest today because I wanted to find out what type of eggs were in it. Just before I reached the nest, a female red winged blackbird was frightened away. So that much I now knew. But upon inspection, one egg was different. I suspected a cow bird had placed the one odd egg with Mrs Blackbird's three. So when I returned to the house I Googled things and discovered I was right.

Here's my photo with the smaller lower right speckled egg being the cowbird's:

Here is a link that might be useful: cow birds


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RE: That's nature!

I would have gone back and disposed of the cowbird egg! I hate them.


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RE: That's nature!

The blue made me think of Mrs Robin.... Randy says he can see at least one baby robin in the nest now.

I'm not familiar with cowbirds so thanks for the link gb - I'll have to read that.... Why do you hate them Marian?


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Because they are parasites. The do not raise their own babies, and frequently theirs are larger than the host bird, and they kick the host bird's baby's out of the nest, or else they take all the food and starve the smaller birds.


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Marian - When I read the material at the link gb provided I understood your initial comment better - they do sound like nasty beasties! (I don't know a lot about birds and can only identify the really obvious ones....)


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Yes, I agree with Marian, it is not unusual to remove the cowbird egg!

I need to go back and read the link...but I'm in between waiting for dinner and a coat of sealer on a leaf, lol!

Saucy


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A teeny-weenie omellette perhaps?

Indeed, Mother Nature can be brutal, but if we humans don't screw up the balance all things have a way of working out and in harmony.


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