B. H. Cowbird juvenile begging from a Chipping Sparrow

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    Talk about being stalked! The Chipping Sparrow in the background was shadowed by the Brown-headed Cowbird (foreground) everywhere it went. The cowbird is able to fly well. Constant begging calls from the cowbird motivated the overworked chipper to hunt, hunt, hunt for grubs and insects. One notable observation: the insects the sparrow frequently found for the cowbird were relatively small and thin, approximately the size of an black ant. Compare this to the observation of the Louisiana Waterthrush's offering to its "offspring" in an adjacent picture.

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    1. jeffloomis1 33 months ago | reply

      Ah, those cowbirds! I guess the Chipping Sparrow doesn't realize the 'baby' is larger than itself. But they sure are diligent in feeding him. Nice behavioral shot.

    2. ml's pictures 33 months ago | reply

      There was also a waterthrush feeding a cowbird that day, too.

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