[Tweeters] odd sighting at Nisqually

Tucker, Trileigh TRI at seattleu.edu
Wed Jul 16 12:18:19 PDT 2014

I agree with Louise. In fact, here’s a photo from almost exactly a year ago, in Nisqually: I wonder if it could be the very same poor Yellow Warbler being taken advantage of by the very same cowbird parents?


(Also, while I’m posting anyway, I’ve got some new photos and reflections on nesting Pileated Woodpeckers on my Natural Presence blog<naturalpresencearts.com>.)


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Trileigh Tucker
Lincoln Park, West Seattle
Natural history website: naturalpresencearts.com<naturalpresence.wordpress.com>
Photography: flickr.com/photos/trileigh

From: Terry Sargent Peart <terry.peart at outlook.com<mailto:terry.peart at outlook.com>>
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM
To: "tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>" <tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] odd sighting at Nisqually

Wow, that is exactly what I saw, but with a Yellow Warbler. Thank you all who responded. I am now a little more educated.

Terry P.
West Seattle


Hi Terry,

Most likely your poor yellow warbler was feeding a juvenile cowbird. Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of warblers for preference. Here’s a link to a photo of a common yellowthroat feeding a cowbird baby, for comparison with what you saw.


Louise Rutter


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