A Brown-headed Cowbird Juvenile Visited Our Toronto Backyard



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A Brown-headed Cowbird Juvenile Visited Our Toronto Backyard

brown headed cowbird - juvenile - beside dove on arbour - toronto

One fall, Bob and I were so excited to see what we thought was a new bird sitting on our backyard arbour.  Trouble was, we couldn’t find the bird in any of our bird books, so we turned to Toronto and Southern Ontario Birding for their input.  It turns out that this beautiful bird is a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater). Read more

Brown-headed cowbirds we sighted in Thickson’s Woods

Brown-headed cowbirds we sighted in Thickson’s Woods

brown headed cow bird -gives me a look - thicksons woods meadow - whitby - ontario

On a visit to the unique woodlot known as Thickson’s Woods Nature Reserve in Whitby, Ontario, we changed things up a bit, and crossed over the adjacent walkway to the protected habitat of the meadow that borders the forest.  With its abundance of long grasses, bushes, shrubs, evergreens, and the remains of an old orchard, it was teeming with birds of all species.  One type of bird that caught my eye were a group of Brown-headed Cowbirds, at rest on a branch right beside the path. Read more