All photographs were taken by Nathan Collie on location at Old Town.
Cowbirds are very common, and even though their populations have slightly declined they are still a species of low conservation concern. Cowbirds have actually contributed to the population decline of may other species, due to their habit of nest parasitism. This parasitism doesn’t always have a significant effect on a species’ population, and generally is a much greater threat towards species with small populations.
Brown-headed Cowbirds can be found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, woodland edges, thickets, prairies, pastures, orchards, and residential areas. When occupying a pasture or field containing horses or cows, cowbirds will often feed on insects that flush up as the animal walks by. This is how cowbirds got their name.