[CT Birds] Mystic feeder
eric_r_larson at hotmail.com
Sun Jan 31 18:27:02 EST 2010
Spent a morning watching the feeder (a few hundred yards off of the Sound on an isolated cove). Juncos, cardinals, white-throated sparrows, a resident pair of downy wood peckers (or two pairs, two males were at the suet block at the same time). I was mystified by a non-descript grey bird last week that kept returning to the feeder. Black tail, grey back, black eyes, and grey belly. Non-descript. Pored over Sibleys, and came up blank, And not a little frustrated.
Today I caught a glimpse of it just as I came up the drive, then it flickered off. It was back at the feeder this morning, with a mate, a brown-headed cowbird. Parasites, they usurp nests, and settle in.
Crap, I've been playing host to a parasitic pair. But I guess that's the way of the world. Much as I'd like to withold food from them, that'll deprive many other birds I'm glad to see this time of year. I hope some raptors will gain nutrition from the presence of the cowbirds, before they do much damage.
A Conflicted feeder
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