Okay, I've had it. One pair of robins abandoned their nest when a cowbird
threw a robin's egg to the ground laid its egg in the nest. Then, we
watched as an exhausted pair of phoebes raised a cowbird chick. We think the
orioles also raised a cowbird, but they all just suddenly disappeared. I
need to check a couple more nests because I suspect the cowbird pair still
hanging around our yard is waiting for yet another baby cowbird fledging.
So, rather than get out John's shotgun or rifle (right!) I decided I'd go
shopping for a water rifle. My plan is to harass the cowbirds away from our
yard all together.
Although I live over the mountains from Mad River Valley, I am a very MAD
birder right now. I do check nests for cowbird eggs when I can and then
destroy them, but I'd sure appreciate any other suggestions for reducing
cowbird parasitism, at least locally. And/or, do any of you know where I
can purchase a water rifle?
Barbara Brosnan, Weybridge