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© Andrea Petersen
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A surrogate Mom, (Chipping Sparrow) feeding her young hungry cowbird who is twice her size!
Cowbird is a bird that followed the herds of buffalo which were always on the move, therefore did not have time to establish a nest and rear their young. Food source was gone before young hatched. They turned to laying their eggs in other birds nests, one per nest, but may lay eggs in many different nests if they can find them.

17 responses

  • Mike Maxwell

    Mike Maxwell gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    Wonderful image......very well done!

  • Irmingard Anna

    Irmingard Anna gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    What a picture of love!

  • Tricia Bergland

    Tricia Bergland (Deleted) said (3 Aug 2008):

    I too am a birdlover, spending much time feeding, watching and ensuring that they are happy and well taken care of. The Chipping Sparrows are such neat birds but I didn't know they would do this. I often watch my Grosbeaks, both Rose Breasted and Evening feed their young like this but I didn't know birds would feed other types of young like this. Thanks for the great photo ~ really well done.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (3 Aug 2008):

    Thank you for comments. Cowbird is a bird that followed the
    herds of buffalo which were always on the move, therefore did not have time to establish a nest and rear their young. Food source was gone before young hatched. They turned to laying their eggs in other birds nest, one per nest, but may lay eggs in
    many different nests if they can find them.

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    Wow Beautiful Capture !!!

  • Lynne Bernay-Roman

    Lynne Bernay-Roman said (22 Aug 2008):

    what a sweet photo, and a sweet action on that mother's part. beautifully captured. warms my heart.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   said (23 Aug 2008):

    This capture of a moment in the birds lives is great! I love watching birds also and photographing them when possible. Once we had parakeets and cockatiels in our atrium. We loved watching them and listening to them. I saw them feed each other when they needed it. One female got sick and for days her mate sat with his wing around her only leaving to get food or water for her and feed it to her like these birds are doing. She got better in a few days. It was such a touching thing to see. When the mate to our cockatiel died we thought that he would die soon from a broken heart. He sang such mournful songs it just about broke our hearts. Finally BJ got better and became friends with a yellow parakeet that kept his eye on BJ helping him to get better and befriending him.

  • James Wei

    James Wei   gave props (7 Sep 2008):

    The beauty of love and connection

  • Yvonne Roberts

    Yvonne Roberts (Deleted) gave props (28 Sep 2008):

    Great capture. We had some chipping sparrows raising cowbirds in our neighborhood too. I was never fast enough to catch it with the camera.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (5 Oct 2008):

    what a shot!

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    The story and the shot are just beautiful. Sure pulls at the heartstrings!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (16 Mar 2009):

    I had not heard this story. How wonderful is the story. I love it. We could learn from the creatures of this earth. Just think. No questions asked. !!

  • Kel Casey

    Kel Casey   gave props (12 Apr 2009):

    Nice! Naughty cowbirds, abandoning their babies like that...

  • Margherita Bettinelli

    Margherita Bettinelli said (1 Jul 2009):

    incredible shot!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (1 Mar 2010):

    What an amazing capture Andrea..

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (28 Apr 2013):

    Very interesting info and Fantastic unique capture

  • Cindy Romero

    Cindy Romero gave props (8 Aug 2013):

    very sweet!

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