Saturday, January 6, 2018

He's Baaaaaaaaaack!

Greetings. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your freezing cold doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.  

This morning the temperature was 1ºF. The wind chill was -20ºF. In spite of this wintry weather, the brown-headed cowbird is still hanging around. 

He's very brave (or stupid) because ghostwriter can get right up close to take pictures of him.

I wonder if this was the same birdie we watched grow up in a chipping sparrow's nest last June. He would let ghostwriter pat him on the head! (In case you didn't know, cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other birdies and then leave them.)

Or maybe he was raised by the house sparrows. They don't migrate, so he didn't know enough to fly south with his cowbird colleagues. But now the sparrows don't pay any attention to him.

Those are all house sparrows inside the window birdie feeder.

Maybe they're mad at him for something.

Sometimes he pals around with the juncos, or the starlings, but he has no flock of his own.

I have no idea what kind of birdie I am.

I think he has a heck of an identity crisis going on! 

Nobody loves me …

Everybody hates me …

I'm gonna eat some snow. 

Pfffft …

Later, we were surprised to see one solitary squirrel snarfing seeds from the ground. Usually when it's this cold, the Evil Squirrel Cartel spends the day holed up in their secret headquarters, sleeping, or making new plans to plunder the birdie feeders and take over the world.

Excuse me, but I have to go out and chase him now.


I came right back in, though. It was too cold to stand under the tree and bark!

Ghostwriter says she doesn't begrudge that squirrel a few birdie seeds when the weather is this cold. Look at the clouds! Looks like another squall coming! 

After the squall, look who came back!


Debbie Dove dropped by to say hello. But he just shook his tail feathers at her.

How rude!

Then he tucked his head under his wing and took a little nap.

What a strange fellow! But a nap is not a bad idea.

I hope he makes it through the night. 

The scientific name for the brown-headed cowbird is molothrus ater. Here are a couple links if you want to learn more about these birds:


  1. Oh, I love chasing birdies! Let me at him. LET ME AT HIM!!!

    Miss Oswin from Norway

  2. There's still a lot of action in your yard even in freezing temps!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. MOL we love the cartoon CAT... Mr. Puff-a-lot knows where the good seed is.
    Chester you are a very fast runner
    It was 11 here this am only a high of mid 20's another cold night and Sunday.
    Then we get really balmy on Monday highs in the 40's and possible 66 on Thursday and Friday
    Crazy weather
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Stay warm Chester. At least you are getting some sun. Up here in the north east corner of the county we haven't seen the sun for a couple of days.

  5. What a cute little friend that cowbird is...we hope he is keeping warm by your window!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  6. Is it possible that the cowbird is one of your Mom's angels coming to visit her?

  7. We do love that comment right above ours. We think the cowbird remembers your Mom patting him on the head and is hoping maybe she will let him come inside:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. Wows, I've never seen a cowburd! Wells, not that I know of anyways. They are kinda cool and sad all at the same time. I hopes he finds some furiends to help him through the winter. Sounds like you guys are having a super duper cold one! Come on over's a nice 65!
    Stay warm, and sweet dreams
    Ruby ♥

  9. I think that cowbird wants to come inside with you, Chester! Maybe he thinks he might be a doggie?

  10. I think that cowbirdie wants to come inside and spend time with you, Chester!

  11. Well, nasty as cowbirds truly are in their habits with other birds...we cannot help to feel a bit sorry for that dude in the cold. Maybe he can be ypur pet, Chaster, then he can eat and stay warm too. Maybe you can teach him to warn you when there are squirrels to chase! BOL!