I had never seen this bird around our home in Southeast Missouri until this week, in fact I had never seen a picture of one until Laura Retyi posted an image of ONE last week. Check her image for interesting information about them. Now we have several of them coming to the feeders each day.
The Brown-headed Cowbird is a stocky blackbird with a fascinating approach to raising its young. Females forgo building nests and instead put all their energy into producing eggs, sometimes more than three dozen a summer. They lay in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents, usually at the expense of at least some of the host’s own chicks. Once confined to the open grasslands of middle North America, cowbirds have surged in numbers and range as humans built towns and cleared woods.
Nikon D40X with Nikon 300mm VR lens on manual focus and max zoom.