My backyard is being visited by groups of Brown-headed Cowbirds lately. These species are gregarious, traveling always in groups, whether of the same kind or other birds such as Starlings, Red-wings Blackbirds, Blue Jays, Grackles, etc. This time when I had a photo shooting session, all the birds were Cowbirds. It’s the time of the year when they begin flying to their migration South.
Of course, the smaller groups drop by to get some seeds in urban areas, the larger groups go to the crop fields, there they can do plenty damage. In my case they just finish all the seeds from my feeders and leave the place in a sad mess. It happens every year so I’m used to it.
My photo session went fine, in fact much better that I anticipated, since there were no fights, broken dishes nor water spills. I was quite satisfied with the photo outcome too.
© HJ Ruiz – Avian101