Brown-headed Cowbird [Molothrus ater] ~ #43

Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird ~ Burnaby Lake ~ May 9, 2015
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird ~ Burnaby Lake ~ May 17, 2015

I took a few trips to Burnaby Lake over the past few weekends. I had my camera body back from service but not my telephoto lens 😦 . My 18-55 lens is not so good for shooting birds, but it’s better than nothing. This Brown-headed Cowbird was hanging out long the walkway at Piper Spit, and didn’t seem too concerned about people getting close to him, probably hoping for some handouts.

When we went this weekend there was a little group of Cowbirds, spotted 4 males and 1 female. I looked through my archives and found the picture below from last spring. I’m pretty sure the one with the tan head would be a male approaching adulthood. The females of the species are more of a streaky brown, almost like a female Red-winged Blackbird.

The one interesting thing I found out about these birds is that the females do not make nests, but lay their eggs in others’ nests, leaving their offspring to be raised by the “adopted” parents.

Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 2014

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