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July 9, 2011 / stephanie

From Nest to Fledge » DSC07934

This nest had two cowbird nestlings and one cardinal nestling. A lone cardinal egg sits on the edge of the nest, unlikely to hatch at this point since the other nestlings are already so far into their development. Cowbirds are “brood parasites” since they are unable to raise their own young and thus lay eggs in other birds’ nests, oftentimes, but not always to the detriment of the host species

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