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  • Had quite a chuckle this morning. I have this bird in the backyard, which for my lack of ornithological knowledge, was called “the dummy bird” by my husband and myself for the past few years. I even wrote a story about my backyard with this dummy bird in it. For all my observation of this bird in action I could not have been farther from the truth. This bird is not an ordinary nesting sort of bird, it turns out to be mafioso. A marauder in my midst, masquerading as a caring parent, but hell bent on stirring up a ruckus in the neighborhood. What kind of bird is this? A cowbird. There, I said it, a freak’n cowbird.

    As for it’s behavior. If I were a more religious, I’d blush. If I was Irish, I’d give them bloody hell. These cowbirds, with all their “door squeaking and creaking”, like to lay their eggs in other birdies nests. Little birdies that for weeks look for the perfect string or weed to make a nest. After the sparrows nest has been built, the Cowbird spots it and lays an egg in it. I’ll have to say they are not too discerning about where or who’s nest it is in either. Could be a hummingbirds nest or even a raptors.

    I much preferred thinking of this bird as a dummy bird. But, oh no, he’s not dumb, he is cunning. After being left in someone elses nest, the little egg hatches and out comes this "baby huey" of the bird world. He wiggles around, pushes the other babies out of the nest and eats all the food. If the nesting bird tries to get rid of the baby cowbird, Mama and Papa Cowbird, like the mafia, swoop in and shoot up the place and destroy the nest. They check in daily on the nest to make sure that their baby is being taken care of.

    So there you have it, a mafioso cowbird in my backyard. Hilarious.
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