Critter of the Day: spot the difference!

Yesterday, I posted a picture of a common grackle. I almost posted it together with this picture, but on closer inspection, I realized this was a different bird!

This is a brown headed cow bird. The body looks a lot like the grackle! The differences are in the beak (which is shorter on the cow bird) and the eye (which is yellow on the grackle).

I’ve never been much of a bird watcher, but I’ve been trying to make sure I accurately identify the birds we get out our window. In the process, I’m discovering that, for a lot of them, it’s really hard to be sure what I’m looking at! Some are so similar, it’s easy to miss the little details that separate them. Usually, I don’t see the differences until I’ve uploaded the pictures and started to process them for here!

4 thoughts on “Critter of the Day: spot the difference!

  1. Cowbirds will lay their eggs in other birds’ nests for the other bird to raise. If the other bird figures it out and destroys the cowbird eggs, the cowbirds will often retaliate by destroying the nest.

    Cowbirds do eat lots of bugs, so that is at least something good.

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