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July 23, 2015


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Christine, interesting observation, but in all likelihood you witnessed a cardinal feeding a cowbird. Cowbird mothers lay their eggs in other birds' nests, leaving the child rearing to the "adoptive" parents.
Here's a post showing a Chipping Sparrow feeding a young (but larger than the sparrow) cowbird. http://wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com/the_zen_birdfeeder/2013/07/a-lesson-in-acceptance-the-chipping-sparrow-and-the-cowbird.html


Early this summer I witnessed a male cardinal feeding a young sparrow. The young sparrow feldged very early and was hopping more than flying around and preferred to stay on the ground. Any adult bird that was near it would beg for food. Then a male cardinal came by and I saw him feed the young sparrow twice. Very sweet.

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Become a Fan


  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.