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Seminole, OK, USA
Eastern phoebe nest in our barn on top of light post, cowbird egg was removed from the nest
Species: Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe nest with eggs (cowbird egg removed)
Cowbirds are protected. Removing the eggs is illegal.
As a native species, the Brown-headed Cowbird is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and taking eggs is illegal. So any person who violates the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by murdering baby cowbirds is subject to a criminal penalty of up to $5,000 for each bird unlawfully taken or possessed; civil restitution fee for each bird unlawfully taken or possessed; and. license suspension or revocation
Yeah, sorry to say but they’re right, it’s illegal. You wouldn’t think it would be but they’re a native species, so you can’t remove their eggs.
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