Well, here’s another first for me. While watching my back yard get taken over by black-birds this past weekend, I spotted this one off in the corner with a green looking sheen to him. My first thought was that it was a very strange looking blackbird so I pulled out my handy field guide and learned that it is a brown-headed cowbird.
While having a somewhat unflattering name, I found the colors that were reflecting from its feathers very interesting. After watching it a while, it flew down and landed on one of my feeders along with some house finches, and they seemed to get along without any problem.
So, if it can get along with the other birds, it is welcome in my yard. I look forward to seeing it more often.