Happy to See a Cowbird?

Friday morning I had the pleasure to shoot close to 250 pictures in my backyard, after having a lot of rain for a while, dried up and lots of birds were lining up to get to the feeders. I simply set up my camera and waited for birds to come for their meals. They weren’t shy at all, they were all over the backyard, specially the deck trying to get their share of seeds. I had the visit of a male Brown-headed Cowbird, bird that is featured in today’s post. The presence of this birds tells me that Spring is here and soon the rest of Blackbirds will be in town!

To think that I was happy to see this bird is weird because the Cowbirds are like a pest and they devour all the seeds in no time!…

This tells you how much I missed Spring! 🙂

Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101


All photographs © H.J. Ruiz – Avian 101

Munch, Munch!

A couple of days ago I wrote about Blackbirds, posted some photos of Red-winged Blackbirds. Today, I add another member of the blackbird family: Brown-headed Cowbirds.

These birds are very numerous in the American territory as most blackbirds are actually. Well known for their never-satisfying appetite. I’m sure that most of you who happen to own bird feeders are aware of my description of the cowbird’s typical behavior.

Next, I have a group of pictures for you to enjoy!

Text and photographs © H.J. Ruiz – Avian 101

Cowbirds are Here! – Part Two

This post is the second part of the Brown-headed Cowbirds!

I did it this way because I have a lot of photographs of them since they are coming to my backyard quite often to devour all seeds from the feeders. They always manage to be very hungry and eat like there’s no day tomorrow! If you ever had these cowbirds in your feeders you must know well what I’m referring to.

Don’t take me wrong I like all birds, is just that my feeders are there for all birds not only for cowbirds!

Here I have a nice bunch of pictures for you! Enjoy!

Text and photographs © H.J. Ruiz -Avian 101

Cowbirds are Here! – Part One

Last Saturday I filled the feeders early since it had rained the late evening before and most birds were very hungry. As soon as I finished with my morning chorus I went to get my camera ready by then I saw a mob of birds outside! Northern Cardinals, House Finches, Mourning Doves and at least a dozen Brown-headed Cowbirds a bit later I saw, Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows, an American Goldfinch, a Common Grackle, an Eastern Towhee and some Northern Mockingbirds.

A couple of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were there but they’re not part of the mob.

I centered my attention to the Cowbirds since they were almost absent from my backyard this year.

When you see the photos I’m posting today, take notice of the molting and changing of coloration of their feathers in the male cowbirds.

I have to tell you an anecdote that happened to me the day before: I was watching TV after lunch when I heard a sound that came from the kitchen’s glass door. I took a look outside at the patio near the door and saw a small bird lying on its back shaking its legs in desperation. I immediately picked it and found no wound or any kind of injure. It seemed to be in a daze but started to react rapidly I showed it to my 3 year old Tyler to pet it and then I returned outside and all I had to do was open my hand and it flew freely in a hurry.

This bird was a young female Brown-headed Cowbird!

Text and photographs © H.J. Ruiz – avian 101