A Colorful Bouquet for Mother's Day

by Dan Weisz

Well, maybe not a bouquet of flowers, but a colorful group of birds picked for your pleasure over the past few weeks:

We’ll begin with a male Broad-billed Hummingbird at Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon

A Red-winged Blackbird at Sweetwater Wetlands

A Lesser Goldfinch from my back yard

A Black-chinned Hummingbird, with a bit of his purple gorget showing, at Santa Rita Lodge

A Summer Tanager, at the Paton’s House in Patagonia

A Hooded Oriole at Agua Caliente Park

And we’ll finish with the color Brown and a real Mother’s Day special:  a Brown-headed Cowbird.  As mothers go, these are special birds.  According to Cornell’s Allaboutbirds.org site:  Females forgo building nests and instead put all their energy into producing eggs, sometimes more than three dozen a summer. These they lay in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents, usually at the expense of at least some of the host’s own chicks.

Happy Mother’s Day