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Series: I was sharing some of my sunflower seeds with a chipmunk when this female Northern Cardinal showed up with two Brown-headed Cowbird fledglings who she is apparently raising (see my Brood Parasitism / Mafia Cowbird link). Although there were more than enough seeds on the ground for everyone, only the Cardinal was grabbing them. The fledglings would just step over the seeds while following her around waiting for her to pick one up. And then when she would, they'd chase after her yelping for her to feed them. Although she would always give in and feed them herself, she did seem to resist for a minute or two before doing so. This short amount of hesitation was probably her way of saying, it's now time you start fending for yourselves.
An Interesting National Geographic Article about Mafia Cowbirds. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/...
Lat: 42.19, Long: -84.16
Spotted on Jun 10, 2016
Submitted on Jun 26, 2016
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