Thrashing it out

It snowed yesterday. Not welcome, but not uncommon for Wisconsin. Silver Lining? I was able to capture this scene on the feeder. A male Brown-headed Cowbird settled in next to a skittish Brown Thrasher. The Thrasher was not pleased.

Side note: Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds to raise. One of their favorite patsies are the Brown Thrashers. Perhaps, this Thrasher was just ticked off to be feeding this guy’s kid?

Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for more info on Brown Thrashers. They are part of the mockingbird class. Fantastic calls.

They also have great info on Brown-headed Cowbirds. Cowbirds like to “party,” but don’t like to raise their young after the fact. They are, thus, known as a brood parasite. The female can lay 40+ eggs during breeding season. Unreal.


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