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Bird Watching: Juvenile Black Headed Cowbird Found

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dervish2
White Plains, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 7, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9113748

Does anyone have any ideas what I should do with a small cowbird I found lying on my suburban lawn. I see no signs of injury and it has survived the night in a cardboard box.

What do they eat? Should I just put it back on the lawn and hope the parents will intervene?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9114607

Cowbirds do not raise their own. They lay eggs in other birds nests. Cardinals and Chipping Sparrows are popular choices where I live.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowbird

dervish2
White Plains, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2012
7:44 AM

Post #9115478

Thank you for your response.

In the am I checked on the bird and it was still alive. Later I checked again, and when I opened the box the bird flew out. I guess it was just stunned and needed recoup time. Maybe it flew into a hard surface. Problem solved.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9115755

Glad it worked out.

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