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Linda Ruth

Coventry, CT, United States

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This nest, located about 7 ft from the ground in an Alberta spruce adjacent to my home, contained 4 chipping sparrow eggs and one cowbird egg.

Chipping Sparrow Nest Containing A Cowbird Egg

Chipping sparrow nest containing cowbird egg

4 responses to “Chipping sparrow nest containing a cowbird egg”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Great photo!

  2. Jean Hamm says:

    YOU HAVE JUST SHOWN ME WHAT BIRD THESE EGGS BELONG TO. THANK YOU.

  3. Texas Bird Family says:

    Cowbirds are native so removing or disturbing their eggs is illegal.

  4. Texas Bird Family says:

    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

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