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Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Description:

One of the many visitors to our bird feeder on Salt Spring Island. (Adult junco feeding juvenile cowbird - brood parasitism)

Notes:

The two photos were taken about 4 weeks apart


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34 Comments (1–25)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Great capture of this interesting behavior!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 6 years ago

Congrats Ron!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 6 years ago

Congratulations!

Great cache Ron,congrats on the SOTD,thanks for sharing

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Ron!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 6 years ago

Congrats on your spotting of the day!

RubyPrakash
RubyPrakash 6 years ago

Congrats Ron

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Reiko ,nature can be tough.

Congrats on the SotD !

Ron Caswell
Ron Caswell 6 years ago

Thanks for the kudos and all the informative comments!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Reiko, the behavior is instinctive among brood parasites such as cowbirds & cuckoos. It is thought that cowbirds became parasites because of their nomadic lifestyle following the enormous herds of American bison that inhabited North America in the days before human settlement.

kittuandme
kittuandme 6 years ago

Congrats On the SOTD .... Well deserved Indeed Excellent shot!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Congratulations, Ron.

Phil_S
Phil_S 6 years ago

Congrats on SOTD!

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

KarenL - Thank you very much for your further explanation. It is not nice that "The cowbird chick uses its large size to push the other chicks out of the nest, allowing it to benefit from the undivided attention of its unwitting foster parents" How do they learn such manner when they are so young?. :-(

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 6 years ago

Congratulations on earning the SOTD for this lovely spot!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Congratulations

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Congrats Ron!

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

congrats !

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 6 years ago

This is a brilliant moment, well done on capturing it!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

Congratulations Ron!!

Arun
Arun 6 years ago

nice spotting !! Congratulations :)

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 6 years ago

Congratulations, Ron, on spotting of the day!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Congratulations Ron, this fascinating capture has earned you spotting of the day!

The cowbird is a brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of other birds. The cowbird chick uses its large size to push the other chicks out of the nest, allowing it to benefit from the undivided attention of its unwitting foster parents.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Nice spot!

Ron Caswell
Spotted by
Ron Caswell

British Columbia, Canada

Lat: 48.89, Long: -123.51

Spotted on Jun 28, 2010
Submitted on Jan 15, 2013

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