Monday, May 14, 2012

Brown Headed Cowbirds

Both days over the weekend and in a couple of locations I encountered several groups of cow birds engaged in displays to attact the female.  While not a big fan of the way they parasitise nest, their courtship behavior is interesting to watch.

I could not help but feel some sympathy for the one lone female at one location.  She could not make a move without a group of 5 to 7 males following her every move.

When she would come to rest for any amount of time, the displaying of the males began.  I guess to the female, the clicks, trills, neck stretching,  wing and tail feather spreading is what does it for her.

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