|Female cowbirds on Bree's back|
The raven chicks have fledged. We know from the way they talk. Their cries are even harsher than their parents', and higher. To me, they sound like screams from the soundtrack of a horror movie. Of course, the babies are ravenous, and I noticed that my chicken feeder was being raided, picked clean every morning. I tired of feeding the hooligans and moved it into the barn.
Now, the only wild birds I'm feeding are the cowbirds. These little guys like to hang out with the horses and eat bugs. Often, we'll see several of them lined up on a horse's back. The males are a glossy blue-black, the females dark grey with brown heads. I guess they enjoy corn as well as insects, because they are in the barn a lot now that the chicken feeder is in there.
|Male cowbirds on a barn window ledge|