Cowbird Courtship

Spring has arrived and love is definitely in the air!

This afternoon I had the pleasure of watching this male cowbird doing his best to capture the attention of a fair-feathered maiden.


He reminded me of a cross between the Caped Crusader and Count Dracula as he repeatedly arched his wings, puffed his feathers, and tap-danced down the tree branch.

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Each time he took a step or two, he would call out to her in short bursts of song.

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She mostly pretended to ignore him, but occasionally sent him a flirtatious glance; giving him just enough encouragement to keep him in steady pursuit!


I would love to tell you how it all ended, but just as our hooded hero seemed poised to make his final move…

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…the moment was rudely interrupted by the roar of a chainsaw in my neighbor’s backyard.  The pair then flew off to a more private location, but I think it’s safe to say that there will be Cowbird babies hanging around in the near future.

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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25 Responses to Cowbird Courtship

  1. avian101 says:

    Don’t worry, you’ll see more of them! 🙂

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    The maiden looks mildly interested! Great pictures and sequence.

  3. Jodi says:

    How awesome. The cowbirds are at our house too! 😊

  4. Jill Kuhn says:

    Great to see your photos of a REAL one! I did an imaginary one last year! 😄💙🎨

  5. Sheila Moss says:

    Cute. We ate out this evening and sat on the restaurant patio. I noticed a couple of sparrows on their honeymoon also. Must be the season for romance.

  6. Love is indeed in the air! Great shots, Kathy! 🌹😍

  7. aussiebirder says:

    t is always a very special privilege to see the courting ritual of a bird pair, how blessed you were Kathy!

  8. The females quizzical look is so nicely placed in your series! Great post 🙂 .

  9. Little Voice says:

    I am always amazed at your ability to capture these pictures. You have a great eye, and perfect timing. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Great action series and post, Kathy, fantastic!

  11. Trail Walker says:

    I’m not a huge fan of cowbirds, but I love these pictures and your story. Thanks!

  12. Sue says:

    Great photos, Kathy. I’m also not a fan of these birds, mostly because I see the poor little Chipping Sparrows trying to rear Cowbird babies instead of their own chicks every year.

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