Odd Couple


A Song Sparrow works tirelessly to feed its gargantuan chick, a Brown-headed Cowbird.


The chick begs relentlessly and follows the sparrow’s every move.


You can barely see the Sparrow eclipsed by the well fed Cowbird chick.

4 responses

  1. John

    That top photo is a beauty! I recently saw a junco feeding a cowbird chick and was amazed at the comical absurdity of it.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

    • It is a strange sight. Thankfully that phase only lasted a few days. The cowbird chick is now foraging on its own, and the sparrow can rest.

      August 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

  2. hermosas fotos!!! me gustan mucho :).
    Me gustan por el hecho de la naturalidad, de lo simples que son .
    Cosas que uno puede ver tranquilamente, pero no se detiene a observar lo que serian por ejemplo unos simples pajaritos comiendo :S

    August 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

  3. I’ve often wondered- will this cowbird have a thing for song sparrows now, seeing it was raised by one? You see cowbirds hanging out with other cowbirds, though.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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